Half Gabonese, half Belgian I grew up in Gabon (central Africa). A scholarship from Shell in 2001 allowed me to study in the U.K., where I attended Bath University and graduated with a Master of Physics in 2006. I then moved to Grenoble (France) to carry out my PhD (completed in 2010) at the Institut Laue-Langevin, which operates the brightest neutron source in the world. My research interest lies in the study of self-assembling filamentous systems having biomedical and biotechnological interest (especially amyloid type systems). These are of particular interest because of their link to diseases like Alzheimer’s, type II diabetes and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease amongst others. I am now working as instrument scientist on a monochromatic thermal neutron diffractometer for single crystal and fibre diffraction at the Institut Laue-Langevin. Our main aim is to provide support to users during their experiments, develop the instrument as well as our own research programme.