Tjessa Bondue photograph

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2021 Prof Roz Anderson Memorial Prize at the 7th Annual Dublin Cystinosis Workshop was Tjessa Bondue.

Tjessa is a young and energetic newcomer to the field of cystinosis. She recently graduated as a Master in the Biomedical Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in 2020. Her first introduction to the subject of cystinosis was in 2018, when she was able to enjoy a short internship in the Laboratory of Paediatric Nephrology and the cystinosis research of Prof. Elena Levtchenko and Prof. Bert van den Heuvel. There, she was so intrigued by the disease, which was not known to her before the internship, that she decided to pursue the subject further as her Master Thesis project in 2019 – 2020. You can read more about Tjessa’s work here.

Cystinosis Ireland is excited to have new researchers such as Tjessa joining our global team and taking on the challenge of ultimately delivering a cure for cystinosis.