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. From 2013-2022 Director of Pediatric Research. Part-time position at the Institute of Women’s Health, University College London, United Kingdom from 2016-2018. Clinical Professor University of Western Australia (2013-present). Since 2022 chief medical officer Neuroplast BV, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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.