Since 2015 Lia Koene is involved in the Historical Microscopy Foundation. She performs secretarial tasks and the administration of the website. From 1985 to 2016 she has been working at the Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory (LCPL), of which more than 28 years as the secretary of Mathilde E. Boon (MD, PhD, pathologist, CEO of the LCPL). The last 2 years of her LCPL period she has coordinated training courses for general practitioners, their assistants, and pedicures. Lia lives together with Ad Labrujere. They have two daughters and one son. At this moment she enjoys a sabbatical and helps the foundation.