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.
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.
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.