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Daphne Naessens: I am a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics at Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. In 2021, I obtained my PhD in this same department where I studied the ‘cleansing of the brain’, with a special interest in the effect of hypertension on these processes. My current research project is part of the EndoCARE consortium, a Eurostars funded project. The aim of the project is to develop a new safe and effective pharmacotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by restoring the imbalance in physiological levels of endocannabinoid signaling in the brain. We will evaluate this new treatment in a rat model of PTSD using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Nina Zipfel: I am postdoctoral researcher at the department of Public & Occupational Health of Amsterdam UMC. From background I am a public health scientist and epidemiologist with demonstrated experience in co-creation, implementation research and value-based healthcare (VBHC). In 2020, I obtained my PhD on Value-Based Healthcare within heart care at the Radboud University in collaboration with the St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein. My current research projects focus on VBHC and specifically providing care in networks for occupational health, implementation of experts-by-experience in the guidance for work re-integration and interprofessional education for occupational health professionals. Within the Amsterdam school of Public Health, APH, I also currently work as a program supporter for the research program Digital Health.

Signe Nielsen: I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory Genetic Metabolic Diseases, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. I obtained my PhD in Aarhus, Denmark where I focused on the complex disease pathophysiology and genetics of rare inherited metabolic disorders. Currently, I am establishing heart and muscle stem cell models for studying pathophysiological mechanisms of fatty acid oxidations disorders in disease relevant cells in collaboration with Department of Physiology, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. With my work I aim to improve diagnostics and treatment for rare fatty acid oxidation disorders, but explore the complexity of the human metabolism and it’s interplay with other physiological processes such as the immune response.

Vicky Lehmann: I’m a senior researcher in medical psychology with extensive work experience in the Netherlands and USA. Currently, I am affiliated with the Medical Communication research group at the Department for Medical Psychology at Amsterdam UMC. I specialize in (onco)fertility and psychosocial issues of young adult cancer survivorship (e.g., psychosexual development, dating/romantic relationships, sexual health). I have an extensive background in statistics, scientific writing and editing, human subjects research, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and project management. I am striving to continuously integrate psychology, medicine, and biology to improve research and clinical care for young adult cancer patients and survivors.

Jillian Bracht: I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory of Experimental and Clinical Chemistry, at Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. I obtained my PhD in Barcelona (Spain) in 2021, and worked on a MSCA-ITN project called European Liquid Biopsy Academy (ELBA). I am currently working on a TKI-PPP funded project (AQrate), where we aim to improve the purity of extracellular vesicle (EV) isolation. Recently I was awarded an MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship to determine the location of RNA associated to EVs. This project will also be carried out at the AMC, starting at the beginning of 2023. The goal of my research is to bring liquid biopsies from bench to bedside, and thereby improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Alessandra Tammaro: I am a postdoc at the department of Pathology, location AMC. I studied Biotechnology in Italy and moved to the NL in 2012 as PhD candidate. I obtained my PhD at UvA with a thesis on the role of the innate immune system in the development of kidney disease. As postdoc, I started my research line focusing on how to achieve healthy renal aging. Thanks
to a collaboration with the nephrology department of the University of São Paulo (Brazil), I initiated the PM-KIDNEY consortium (Pollution is the motor of premature aging of the kidney; Home | PM kidney Consortium, , which under my leadership aims to investigate the role of fine particulate matter from air pollution on age-related kidney diseases. Furthermore, I am (1) investigating possibilities to metabolically reprogram the kidney via (immuno)metabolism to treat or prevent kidney diseases and (2) testing therapeutics that slow down/reverse the premature renal ageing phenotype.