Esmeralda has studied Medical Biology. Before joining Utrecht University, Esmeralda got her PhD on the development of occupational allergy at the University of Amsterdam. Her research at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences at Utrecht University focused on occupation and environmental exposure. In recent years she moved from research to project management and was amongst others project manager of the OBO-study, a Dutch study on exposure of residents to pesticides.
Martje received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Culture, Organization and Management, with a specialisation in culture change. Since 2009, she has been working at Utrecht University as a Communications Consultant for various large research projects. From 2016-2020 she was the Communications Manager of the research theme Life Sciences at Utrecht University.
We know far less about the exposome than we do about the human genome. So far, we only understand about half of the disease burden for which we know the environment plays a role. If we want to prevent people from becoming ill, then we need to understand the other half too. We therefore want to systematically analyse the exposome for the first time. We will start with research into the causes of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The techniques and insights from this research will also be applicable to other chronic conditions.Read More