Silvie Timmers postdocThe research of Silvie Timmers can be best summarized by the terms fundamental, translational and clinical research and focuses on exploring the disturbances in mitochondrial- and energy metabolism brought about by drugs, nutraceuticals and metabolic disease states. Overall, the goal of her research is to preserve and improve "metabolic health" and to unravel on a molecular level the mechanisms that underlie these alterations.
Silvie Timmers started her academic career at the Department of Human Biology from the Maastricht University in July 2006. Here, she performed animal experimental work as well as clinical intervention studies to unravel the role of dietary fat and fatty acid intermediates in relation to insulin resistance. Near the end of her PhD-period she focused on natural (dietary) compounds that can positively influence cellular energy metabolism. She performed a clinical intervention study with "resveratrol" which was published as cover-story in the high-impact journal Cell Metabolism.
In January 2012, Silvie defended her PhD-thesis and in 2013 she received a Veni grant "boosting mitochondrial function in the prevention of type 2 diabetes: let food become the medicine", from the Dutch Scientific Organisation (NWO). Currently, she is working as a Postdoc at the department of Physiology. Since October 2016 she also holds a research position at the department of Human and Animal Physiology at Wageningen University & Research.
Personal prizes & awards national & international
- 2017: Awarded Junior Principle Investigator predicate (2018-2020), Radboudumc
- 2013: Awarded VENI grant by the Dutch Scientific Organisation (NWO) entitled: “Boosting mitochondrial function in the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes: Let food become the medicine” (250.000 euro)