Rose-Lima Van Keer was born on 17 January 1987 in Chertalla, India. She attended high school at Ursulinen Mechelen, where she graduated in Latin-Mathematics in 2005. In 2009, Rose-Lima obtained her Master’s degree in Sociology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 2011 she obtained her Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (option: Migration, Minorities and Multiculturalism) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. From 2011 until 2013 she worked as a teacher in a multi-ethnic high school in Brussels, Atheneum Anderlecht. At this school she was also responsible for the development and implementation of the truancy policy, in the context of a subsidized pilot project of the Brussel Capital Region (PPS: Programma Preventie Schoolverzuim). In 2013 she started working at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Group (MENT) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. At MENT she wrote her doctoral thesis about communication and decision making in critical medical situations in hospital within the context of an increasingly multi-ethnic patient population. Her PhD research was supported by the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek-Vlaanderen (FWO).
She obtained her PhD degree in 2019. Currently she is involved as a researcher in the IGenCare study, an interuniversity study (VUB-ULB) about healthcare delivery to patients with rare genetic diseases. This study is sponsored by Innoviris.