Marinette van der Graaf postdocMarinette van der Graaf is interested in studying human metabolism in vivo by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS). Her present work focuses on (brain) metabolism in diabetes, Alzheimer and children with inborn errors of metabolism.
Already during her PhD research (Wageningen University) and the following four years (Leiden University and Nijmegen University) she used Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) in a laboratory setting to study the conformation of biomolecules by multi-dimensional heteronuclear NMR. The structural research on an RNA pseudoknot, one of the largest RNA structures studied by NMR at that time, resulted in a 2nd authorship of a paper in Science.
In June 1995 she joined the Department of Radiology of the Radboud University Nijmegen where she started to study human metabolism by in vivo Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. She contributed to projects on prostate cancer, brain tumors, diabetes and hepatic steatosis. In addition, she implemented brain MRS as a standard clinical tool to study metabolic defects. Since September 2008 she combines her work at the Dept of Radiology with a part-time position at the Dept of Pediatrics and in January 2011 she started her training to become a Medical Physicist, which she expects to finish in 2015. She is member of the Radboud Expert Team of Medical Technology.
Personal prizes & awards national & international
- 1988: Cum laude, MSc Molecular Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
- Member of the Radboud Expert Team of Medical Technology.