Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusivity for the Faculty of Science
After studying architecture for two years, I decided that she would be better off doing something else and went onto physics. I got a PhD in physics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) in 2003. I also obtained a diploma in teaching (secondary). Originally, from Belgium, I have moved to New Zealand in 2003 and have been at The University of Auckland since then. With my partner, also an academic, we have had three kids born in New Zealand and are well settled in this country. In 2005, I has started a new team to perform research in biophotonics with an emphasis on developing new imaging technologies. I am a strong advocate for a healthy work-life balance and for diversity and inclusivity for both our staff and students as demonstrated by my recent award from the Optical Society of America. For the last 4 years, I have chaired the equity committee in my department and we have now been awarded the silver level of the Pleiades, the equity scheme from the astronomical society of Australia. I have just started a new challenge by accepting the position of Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusivity for the Faculty of Science.