A professor in Periconception epidemiology at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam The Netherlands.
For nearly 30 years she is conducting multidisciplinary and translational research on the impact of periconception nutrition and lifestyle on outcomes originating in the periconception period (subfertility, congenital malformations, embryopathy, vascular-related pregnancy complications) and in relation to future (reproductive) health. Epidemiologic and basic approaches focus on gene-nutrient and lifestyle interactions affecting the 1-C pathway and epigenetic mechanisms.
Last 10 years the research findings are implemented in the successful multifunctional device-independent personal mHealth coaching program ‘slimmer zwanger’ (smarter pregnancy) aimed to increase the quality of preconception and antenatal care by improving nutrition, lifestyle, and the compliance of medication use and health care visits in couples.
She is (co)autor of 200 international publications, 23 chapters in books and 22 PhD thesis are completed under her supervision. So far she received around 4,5 million euros in grants.