Jan was born in Düsseldorf Germany on January 7th 1986. Before his bachelor studies, he worked as trained Technical Assistant at the Molecular Hematology Institute, Frankfurt University. One year later, he was selected to follow the “Excellence Bachelor Program: Molecular Medicine” at Göttingen University. In parallel to his study program he was occupationally involved in several research projects at the Göttingen Centrum for Molecular Biosciences and the University Medical Center. For his extracurricular efforts in the student body and personal engagement, Jan was honored with the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in order to finance his studies abroad.
Hence, in 2012 Jan enrolled in the “Research Master Nutrition and Metabolism” at Maastricht University. As part of this training he assisted in the Cold Acclimation Study in the Research Group of Prof. van Marken-Lichtenbelt. This work on skeletal muscle and mitochondrial respiration resulted in a Co-Authorship (Cold acclimation recruits human brown fat and increases nonshivering thermogenesis. Journal of Clinical Investigation 07/2013). In the Research Group of Prof Schrauwen and Prof Hesselink, Jan started his master thesis project, which elaborated on the molecular role of SIRT1 in calorie-mimetic effects during resveratrol supplementation.
With the molecular insight and his practical experience that he had obtained at Maastricht University and previous research projects, Jan designed an innovative research project that aims to investigate a novel risk factor in metabolic diseases: circadian disturbances. His PhD project “Fine-Tuning Treatment Timing in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” was rewarded with the NUTRIM NWO Graduate Program Scholarship, in order to allow him to scrutinize the role of the biological clock in disturbed energy metabolism. He presented a part of his work at the Annual Dutch Diabetes Research Meeting and at the IPSEN Foundation meeting “A time for Metabolism and Hormones” in 2014.
Beyond his scientific interests Jan has continued his efforts in student representation during his master studies and is currently member of the NUTRIM PhD Council.
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