Jelle Vlaanderen

Jelle is an assistant professor in molecular epidemiology at the Institute for Risk Assesment Sciences of Utrecht University. His research interest lies in conducting studies and developing approaches that contribute to the elucidation of the role of environmental factors in disease etiology. In practice this translates into a focus on the use of molecular markers in association with both environmental exposures and disease or early health effects and on the development and implementation of methods that contribute to causal inference in epidemiological studies.


Error in air pollution exposure model determinants and bias in health estimates

Vlaanderen J, Portengen L, Chadeau-Hyam M, Szpiro A, Gehring U, Brunekreef B, Hoek G, Vermeulen RCH.
Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology. 2019 Mar;29(2):258.

The Impact of Ambient Air Pollution on the Human Blood Metabolome

Vlaanderen JJ, Janssen NA , Hoek G, Keski-Rahkonen P, Barupal DK, Cassee FR, Gosens I, Strak M , Steenhof M, Lan G, Brunekreef B, Scalbert A, Vermeulen RCH.
Environ Res . 2017 Jul;156:341-348. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.03.042. Epub 2017 Apr 6.

Jelle Vlaanderen

Contact information

Utrecht University
Nieuw Gildestein
Yalelaan 2
Room 3.57
3584 CM Utrecht


Areas of Expertise

Air quality Environmental Epidemiology Exposome Molecular Epidemiology

Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

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.

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