Training:  MD (1997), medical doctorate (1998), Eberhard-Karls-Universität,  Tübingen, Germany. Residency in pediatrics and training in Neonatology, University Hospitals Tübingen and Würzburg, Germany, with Prof. Dr. C.P. Speer (1999-2006). Research fellow with Prof. Dr. Alan H. Jobe, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ohio, USA (1999-2001).

Positions: Junior member of medical faculty, Würzburg (2006). Maastricht UMC+ (2006 to present): neonatologist and leader of experimental research group. PhD in 2007 and Professor for Experimental Perinatology since 2011. Since 2013 Director of Pediatric Research. Since 2016 part-time position at the Institute of Women’s Health, University College London, United Kingdom. Several national and international research awards e.g. young scientist of ESPR (2003) and Dutch Society for Pediatrics (2008). Chosen as a “top talent” by the faculty of medicine (2008). Management classes at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Research interests: translational research,  development of lung, brain and immune system after preterm birth. Supervision of 23 completed PhDs, 250 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 7 reviews in textbooks.

Editor: Associated editor of Pediatric Research and Neonatology.