I come from Belgium, where I studied for my first degree, in Ancient History, at the Free University of Brussels. I also qualified as a teacher in History and Classical Languages at the Free University. After teaching in a secondary school for a year, I won a Wiener-Anspach grant to study for a MPhil History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. Thence, I moved to University College London for a PhD in the History of Medicine, with generous funding from the Wellcome Trust. This was followed by a Wellcome-funded postdoc at Cambridge, where I was also a bye-fellow at Newnham College. In 2009, I moved to Wales for a lectureship in Ancient History.
BA, Free University of Brussels, 2000
Teaching Degree, Free University of Brussels, 2001
MPhil in HPS, University of Cambridge, 2002
PhD in History of Medicine, UCL, 2006
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I am a historian of Greek and Roman science, technology and medicine, with very varied interests. However, my main areas of interest are ancient botany, pharmacology, and gynaecology. I do not focus on a particular period, but I start to feel out of my comfort zone in the fourth-fifth centuries of the Common Era. I also have an interest in the reception of ancient science in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My approach is inspired by anthropology and gender studies.
Personal Interests
I am a very keen blogger. I have my personal blog, Concocting History (www.ancientrecipes.wordpress,com), where I blend research, personal life, and experimenting with ancient recipes. I am also a contributor and one of the editors of The Recipes Project (http://recipes.hypotheses.org/). I have been a guest blogger on several other blogs.