Nynke van Polanen was born on June 7th 1990 in Almere, the Netherlands. In 2008, she started the study Nutrition and Health at the Wageningen University in Wageningen. During her Bachelor thesis she did a literature study on the relation between ADHD and the infant gut microbiota. After a sabbatical year, she started the two-year Master program Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology at the Wageningen University in 2012. She performed her master thesis at the Human and Animal Physiology department in Wageningen. She investigated the effect of silencing Mfn1 and Dnm1l on mitochondrial dynamics and related mitochondrial functioning in C2C12 myoblasts. For her internship, Nynke travelled to the United States and performed biomedical research in Dallas at the Scherer’s lab, Touchstone Diabetic Center, University of Texas Southwestern. She investigated the effects of adiponectin on tubular epithelial cell metabolism in mice.
In September 2016 she started her PhD at the department of Human Movement Sciences under supervision of Prof. Hesselink. During her PhD she will identify players in lipid droplet metabolism in health versus disease, using high-end microscopy.