Connecting European Neuroscience

Katrien Van Look

Communication committee member (2018 - 2022)

April 2014-present: Scientific Project Coordinator, Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Sept 2010-Feb 2014: Cambridge Cancer Centre and Outreach Coordinator, University of Cambridge
Oct 2007-Aug 2010: Scientific Communications Officer, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge

Apr 2006-Mar 2007: NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Crucible fellowship for scientists showing excellence in science, creativity and public engagement 
Hossein Farmy Scholarship (awarded by the University of Sheffield) for the 4 years of my PhD.

In her current position, Katrien organises regular meetings and hackathons for their subproject, and has been involved in organising the HBP annual conference. When she was based in Cambridge, she organised the annual Cambridge Research Institute’s international symposium, the annual Cambridge Cancer Centre conference and workshops for postdoctoral researchers.
She has been involved in prompting the work of our subproject at the HBP Open Days and organised the first HBP science writing competition. In Cambridge, she organised a number of Open Days, such as the Clinical Trials in Cambridge: Open Day, on behalf of the Cambridge Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.
She is a committee member of the HBP Gender Advisory Committee, and previously sat on the Executive and Steering Committees of the Cambridge Cancer Centre and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus Communications Network.

She currently creates and communicates regular news and information via the HBP website and twitter. In her previous roles in Cambridge, she delivered the scientific communications for the Cancer Research UK in Cambridge and was responsible for the external and internal communications of the Cambridge Cancer Centre (CCC). She also coordinated the redesign of the CCC logo and the website (in 2013).
She has presented her own research at exhibitions, such as at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, and the research of my colleagues in Cambridge at the Cambridge Science Festival and at Open Days. Working for Cancer Research UK, she also organised weekly visits for the charity’s supporters and volunteers, schoolchildren and special guests.

For the last 11 years, she has been working across project management, communications, event organisation and public engagement. Previous to this, she was carrying out research in environmental toxicology and reproductive biology during her PhD (University of Sheffield), Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (both at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London). 

1: Filby AL, Paull GC, Bartlett EJ, Van Look KJ, Tyler CR. Physiological and health consequences of social status in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Physiol Behav. 2010 Dec 2; 101(5) :576-87. doi: 10.1016/j. physbeh. 2010.09.004. Epub 2010 Sep 16. PubMed PMID: 20851709.
2: Oehlmann J, Schulte-Oehlmann U, Kloas W, Jagnytsch O, Lutz I, Kusk KO, Wollenberger L, Santos EM, Paull GC, Van Look KJ, Tyler CR. A critical analysis of the biological impacts of plasticizers on wildlife. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2009 Jul 27; 364(1526) :2047-62. doi: 10.1098/rstb. 2008.0242. Review. PubMed PMID: 19528055; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2873012.
3: Yeates SE, Einum S, Fleming IA, Megens HJ, Stet RJ, Hindar K, Holt WV, Van Look KJ, Gage MJ. Atlantic salmon eggs favour sperm in competition that have similar major histocompatibility alleles. Proc Biol Sci. 2009 Feb 7; 276(1656) :559-66. doi: 10.1098/rspb. 2008.1257. PubMed PMID: 18854296; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2592554.
4: Hala DN, Van Look K, Holt WV, Jobling S. Validation of a method for measuring sperm quality and quantity in reproductive toxicity tests with pair-breeding male fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas). ILAR J. 2009; 50(4) :e1-e10. PubMed PMID: 19949247.
5: Paull GC, Van Look KJ, Santos EM, Filby AL, Gray DM, Nash JP, Tyler CR. Variability in measures of reproductive success in laboratory-kept colonies of zebrafish and implications for studies addressing population-level effects of environmental chemicals. Aquat Toxicol. 2008 Apr 28; 87(2) :115-26. doi: 10.1016/j. aquatox. 2008.01.008. Epub 2008 Jan 19. PubMed PMID: 18308405.
6: Santos EM, Paull GC, Van Look KJ, Workman VL, Holt WV, van Aerle R, Kille P, Tyler CR. Gonadal transcriptome responses and physiological consequences of exposure to oestrogen in breeding zebrafish (Danio rerio). Aquat Toxicol. 2007 Jun 15; 83(2) :134-42. Epub 2007 Mar 30. PubMed PMID: 17475347.
7: Van Look KJ, Dzyuba B, Cliffe A, Koldewey HJ, Holt WV. Dimorphic sperm and the unlikely route to fertilisation in the yellow seahorse. J Exp Biol. 2007 Feb; 210(Pt 3) :432-7. PubMed PMID: 17234612.
8: Elofsson H, Van Look KJ, Sundell K, Sundh H, Borg B. Stickleback sperm saved by salt in ovarian fluid. J Exp Biol. 2006 Nov; 209(Pt 21) :4230-7. PubMed PMID: 17050838.
9: Dzyuba B, Van Look KJ, Cliffe A, Koldewey HJ, Holt WV. Effect of parental age and associated size on fecundity, growth and survival in the yellow seahorse Hippocampus kuda. J Exp Biol. 2006 Aug; 209(Pt 16) :3055-61. PubMed PMID: 16888054.
10: Holt WV, Van Look KJ. Concepts in sperm heterogeneity, sperm selection and sperm competition as biological foundations for laboratory tests of semen quality. Reproduction. 2004 May; 127(5) :527-35. Review. PubMed PMID: 15129008.

Katrien Van Look

Scientific Project Coordinator
Blue Brain Project
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Campus Biotech
Genève, Switzerland.