Femke van Diggelen, PhD

Programme Leader

Hi, I’m Femke
Nice to meet you!

At ttopstart I am part of the programme leadership team where it is our mission to ensure a sustainable implementation of research and innovation projects.

I studied life science and technology at the University of Groningen, and received my master’s degree in biomedical sciences with a cum laude degree at Utrecht University.  I started my industrial PhD as a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow at Aarhus University (Denmark), in collaboration with Crossbeta Biosciences BV. My project was aimed at targeting oligomers of the protein alpha-synuclein, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. 

After successfully defending my PhD, I started working as a scientist at Crossbeta Biosciences BV in 2017, where I managed a project focussed on Alzheimer’s disease. During my time at Crossbeta I got acquainted with project management, for which I developed a special interest.

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There is a lot of competition in the funding landscape, but once your project has been selected by the funding agency you are not there yet. There is a lot of work needed, in addition to scientific excellence, to ensure your project will achieve the promised impact.

Contact details

+31 (0)6 18 72 85 88
+31 (0)30 – 73 70 779

Femke in facts

Project manager with a scientific background

Loves teams that use humor

‘The grass is greener where you water it’

Type of person that aims to keep an email inbox empty, or almost empty


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