After my studies in Chemical Engineering, I pursued a PhD at the KU Leuven studying the interfacial properties like surface tension and rheology of lung surfactant. I get energized by applying my engineering skills in a biological context to better understand the human body.
After obtaining my PhD, I joined Janssen Pharmaceutica in 2014. I started as a process engineer in R&D drug product development specialized in spray drying. 3 years ago, I changed fields and moved into Biopharmaceutics, eager again to use engineering and in silico tools to better understand the behaviour of pharmaceutical formulations in the human body.
Within the field of biopharmaceutics, I am specializing in in silico modelling of new drug modalities and fast in silico screening of the developability of new drug molecules.
- Hermans et al. Lung surfactants and different contributions to thin film stability. Soft Matter, 2015, 11: 8048-8057. DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01603G
- Hermans et al. Interfacial shear rheology of DPPC under physiologically relevant conditions. Soft Matter, 2014, 10: 175-186. DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52091A
- Verstraeten et al. Model based NIR spectroscopy implementation for in-line assay monitoring during a pharmaceutical suspension manufacturing process. Int. J. Pharm., 2018, 1-2: 247-254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpharm.2018.05.043