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Those Vegan Cowboys work in a biotech facility, close to Ghent University (Belgium). The lab was originally founded in 2008 and has developed its own microbial platforms to express recombinant human proteins for pharmaceutical use. The scientific staff is therefore highly experienced (>300 years working years) in the field of microbial fermentation.

In January 2020, the state of the art lab facilities as well as the employees became Those Vegan Cowboys. They even have cowboy coats. Do you want to know every detail of our operation? Our Head of Downstream Processing, Kathleen ‘The Sticky Belgian’ Piens loves to take you on a digital tour.

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Margaret’s board & crew

Here’s a snapshot of Margaret surrounded by her board & crew: a growing bunch of badass scientists, with distinctive knowledge in yeast and fungal metabolic engineering, purification & characterization of proteins and process development.

Meet our cowboys

  • ‘Old Steady Hand’ Stijn Morsa

    A hand as precise and steady as Stijn’s is seldom encountered. He effortlessly delves down to the deepest secrets of DNA. He also possesses the strange talent to always shake the exact amount of eppendorf tubes from the bag that is needed.

  • Jeroen ‘Punk-Rock Prairie Dog’ Vanhecke

    Jeroen spent the better part of the last decade mastering the mysteries of biochemistry. He hopes to help improve the world, and if making cheese is what it takes, that’s what we call a win-win.

  • Tien-Yang ´The Strain Stuntman´ Ma

    After knocking biofuels biochemicals out of the ballpark fermentation wise, his career long passion for tackling sustainability challamges by means of microbiology took this stunt cowboy from Taiwan to Technologiepark.

  • ‘Old Precise’ Anaïs Bekaert

    This particular research associate knows all there is to know about separating components, but will go down in prairie history for her ability to accurately estimate mass down to the weight of an Arizona cricket.

  • ‘Mad Ranger’ Eline Meert

    In the milk lab, our research associate Eline is famed for her analytical prowess. Outside the lab she’s feared by friend and foe alike for her faithful canine companion, Rowan. You can run, but you can’t hide from these two.

  • Kathleen ‘the sticky Belgian’ Piens

    If our Head of Downstream Processing were to be cast away on an island, she’d be lost beyond all hope. But give her a team and Kathleen’s blazing in the saddle! Her loyalty has earned her the nickname ‘The Sticky Belgian’.

  • Stefan Gambal

  • Frederik Herremans

  • Sybe Hartmans

  • Good old Lab Support

  • Matthias Spriet

  • Niels ‘Friendly Face’ Daelman

    As one of our research associates, Niels busies himself with evaluating the qualities of the product. He’s infamous for his ability to neatly stack his garbage, always filling his bin to the brim.

  • Steven ‘Sing-A-Long’ Geysens

    Our Head of Molecular Biology devotes his time to developing new Microbial strains. His friends know him as a passionate singer, who simply needs to delve into the Country genre a bit more before he’ll draw crowds at the state fair.

  • Herman ‘Eagle Eye’ Blockx

    This scientist is a true magician with yeast, but is above all famous for his pinpoint powers of observation. Rumor has it that he can properly estimate the optical density of a yeast culture to 0.1 O.D. with the naked eye.

  • ‘Calamity Copy’ Lil

    Brought up on Belgian comics, Ennio Morricone and bad news about livestock farming, creative copywriter Lilianne Laan craves cow-less cheese as hard as the Iron Lady herself. Rallying cries: honesty is a good strategy, never spit on solid alliteration, and if it’s not funny, it’s no fun.

  • Hille ‘the Indian’ van der Kaa

    Outside of the lab, there’s hardly an aspect of our business that our Chief Operational Cowboy ain’t involved in. Living up to her nickname, this ‘Indian’ always lives in the moment and represents the calm in the eye of the storm.

  • Bank Manager Luc Van den Hauwe

    Our financial controller guards the safe with his life. Not a dollar, eagle or gold brick leaves the building without his say-so. Rumor has it that he starts every day by securing the stacks of cash, and that he falls asleep at night counting silver coins instead of sheep…

  • ‘Two Face’ Belinda Hunziker

    As Cowboy Multitask Office Manager, Belinda is the backbone that lets the lab run like a well-oiled machine. She might seem villainous in the early mornings, but after a refreshing splash in the campside creek this heroine of the rolling fields greets the sun with a wink and a smile.

  • Niko ‘Stands Tall’ Koffeman

    Niko, founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Those Vegan Cowboys, uses images and words to work his brand of magic. He mostly works in the cool of the shade, where he burns brighter than the prairie sun on a summer’s high noon. A grand figure behind the scenes.

  • Jaap ‘Eyes On The Horizon’ Korteweg

    Once a famed shooter, the founder/CEO now shoots for the stars. Nobody truly knows what thoughts, ideas and mysteries hide behind his smouldering eyes. Gaze towards the horizon, senses flown..?

  • Eva ‘Social Eye’ Koffeman

    Eva spreads the word and message of Those Vegan Cowboys over the vast and untamed lands of the digital prairie, and to this end is following a study in smoke signals. Both friend and foe hold her in regard as well as fear for being a magnificent cook who will never let you put your spoon down.

  • Guillaume ‘L’Imperturbable’ Lerondel

    Our French (!) scientist is a tough cookie to crumble: he was able to watch the first six episodes of Star Wars in a row, with only one trip to the toilet and one food break. Some say he even survived twelve years of working with Belgians!

  • Ruben ‘The Iron Ink-slinger’ Jager

    This velvet-tongued vagabond roamed many a wild land in his days, and many await him still. With a voice like honey poured over thunder and lightning-quick wit, his words resound over prairie and paper alike.

  • Robin ‘Yeast-Whisperer‘ Vanluchene

    Known for his ability to rapidly recall dates and faces, this young cowboy (or padawan in a certain coworker’s jargon) is also adept at tweaking the genome of our beloved microbial strains, mostly using the principle: if it’s stupid but it works, it ain’t stupid.“

  • ‘Crafty Cowgirl’ Elke Descamps

    Good luck if you want to reach Elke off duty, because she won’t be pickin’ up her phone. Way too busy killin’ it at the potter’s wheel, sewing machine or in the wild wild woods.

  • Edward ‘Let’s go outside’ Krekelbergh

    Edward obtained his Master in Biotechnology and Biochemistry – Structural Biochemistry at Ghent University and before that Edward completed his Master of Science in Drug Development in 2018.

  • Arne ‘Ace’ Schatteman

    Take the lab coat away and you find yourself with an unleashed version of the serious scientist, who shreds both drums and bass whiplash-style.

  • Maria Vazquez Vitali

  • Lisa Vanderstraeten

  • ‘Old Scent’ Franck Fudalej

    Our head of fermentation has got the sharpest nose, and can detect whether the yeast fermentation process in the bioreactor is successful just by smelling the broth. He is known for exhausting his enemies by taking them on a neverending trek.

  • ‘Sheriff’ Will van den Tweel

    Will leads the lab in an unprecedented fashion. There’s whispers around the lab that he even breaks through walls to achieve his goals. He can also open a bottle of wine with nothing but a syringe, something that makes him loved amongst many cowboys.

  • Maria ‘colorful cowgirl’ Tiqwah

    Our graphic designer is trotting around on both the digital trails and paper prairies. With her silver brush, she gives color to the logo and images of Those Vegan Cowboys. She loves drawing golden cheese nuggets and fast horses. Word has it that she is herding 4 cats on her range in the east.

Working at our ranch

Working as a Vegan Cowboy family member (cheesy but true), means excellent career perspectives in a rapidly growing field, your very own cowboy name and proud ownership of a share in the company through our personnel participation program. Shared with your colleagues, you will own 20% to be exact. Take a look at our current vacancies.

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