In 2018, Stephanie Vrijsen finished her studies in Biomedical Sciences at the KU Leuven, which fit her lifelong fascination for science. During this education, she became particularly passionate about molecular and cellular biology, with a main emphasis on organelle biology and functioning. She acquired her Master’s thesis in the laboratory of Lipid Biochemistry and Protein Interactions (KU Leuven), where she investigated the role of peroxisomal biogenesis in auto- and mitophagy.
Currently, she is a PhD student at LCTS. Her project focuses on the role of the P5B-type ATPase ATP13A2 in mitochondrial functionality. During her first year as a PhD student, she obtained a PhD fellowship strategic basic research (SBO) from the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen (FWO).
In her free time, Stephanie enjoys quality time with family and friends, and various outdoor activities such as scuba diving and climbing.