Friedl De Groote

Assistant Professor, KU Leuven

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Believe that there is a way to do what you like to do.

What do you do?

I study how the body and brain interact to produce movement by combining experimental observations and computational models.

Why did you choose this field?

I loved mathematics and sciences at school and therefore decided to study mechanical engineering. From the beginning, I was most driven by biomedical applications, which evolved is a deep interest in how humans achieve agile movement.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Pursuing a career in academia - becoming an assistant professor (without moving far away from family and friends). Even after obtaining my PhD, I did not think this was possible.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love to investigate interesting questions with a team of talented and motivated young scientists and in collaboration with international peers, to develop new modeling and simulation approaches, to keep learning.

Best advice for next generation?

Believe that there is a way to do what you like to do.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Never give up.

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