Nathan Smits started his studies in 2013 at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Bioscience engineering in 2016, and continued his studies at the KU Leuven in Belgium. He completed his Master’s thesis on “Nanopore-based sequencing and its application in the analysis of pathogenic Pseudomonas strains” in the Laboratory of Gene technology at the KU Leuven, which allowed him to acquire hands-on experience with the Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ sequencing platform and the subsequent data processing. He graduated in 2018 as a Master of Science in Bioscience engineering with a major in cellular and gene technology and a minor in bioinformatics. Nathan joined the Faulkner lab in 2019 as a Research Assistant for Dr. Seth Cheetham and focusses on L1 mobilization and regulation in cancer.