Dr. Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling studied Biology (with specialization in chemistry) at the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland (1993-98). She specialized further by following a one-year postgraduate course with a degree in Human Nutrition at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland (1998-1999).
During her PhD project (2001-2006) under the supervision of dr Eline Kooi at the department of Radiology at the University Hospital Maastricht, she investigated skeletal muscle metabolism with means of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
In 2005, she was awarded with a scholarship for talented PhD students (Kootstra Fellowship) from the faculty of Medical Sciences of the Maastricht University. She got her doctoral degree on May 24, 2006. As a post-doc she applied 31P and 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectrosopy also in the liver and the heart to investigate mechanisms of lipotoxicity and insulin resistance. In 2010, she was awarded with a prestigious Veni grant from the netherlands organisation for scientific research (NWO), entitled: Hepatic steatosis: imaging the fate of fat. In 2012, she got a grant from the EFSD entitled: Preservation of metabolic flexibility by acetylcarnitine formation.
Presently, she is working as an independent researcher at the department of Radiology of the Maastricht University Medical Center, focusing on the development and the application of MR Spectrosopy-based techniques to collect information on the etiology of insulin resistance and diabetes. She is heading her own small research team focusing on metabolic MR spectroscopy, supervising two PhD students and a post-doc. She is intensively collaborating within the Diabetes and Metabolism Research Group and other researchers of MUMC+.
External active collaborations include: Michael Roden (German Diabetes Center, Düsseldorf, GE), Arend Heerschap (Radboud UMC, Nijmegen, NL), Deborah Muoio (Duke University, Durham, USA).
Vera is involved in teaching at the department of Human Biology.