Lien grew up in Belgium and received her MS in Biomedical Sciences in 2011 from the University of KU Leuven (Belgium). She earned her PhD degree in both Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences at the same University in 2016. While studying the versatile role of microglia cells and neural cells in neurometabolic disorders during her PhD, she was also appointed as full-time teaching assistant at the University. Lien received the Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) fellowship in 2016, and began her postdoctoral career at Harvard Medical School in Boston in Oleg Butovsky’s lab where she investigated the APOE pathway in neurodegenerative diseases including Multiple Sclerosis. In 2018, she joined the Center for Translational and Computational Neuroimmunology at Columbia University in New York as a postdoctoral research scientist and focused on the identification and modulation of an Alzheimer’s disease- associated protein network in microglia co-mentored by Profs. Drs. Philip De Jager and Elizabeth Bradshaw. Lien joined the Brangwynne lab as a HHMI Research Specialist where she supervises various projects in the lab and studies dynamic phase behavior in neurodegenerative disorders.
Outside the lab, Lien enjoys nature by traveling, hiking, cycling, swimming and playing water polo (mostly in non-natural pools though). Lately, most of her spare time involves going on little adventures and doing fun activities with her cheerful baby daughter Margo (and her, also cheerful, husband!).