Research Departments Physiology 20210228 Personal Touch Iris de Koning
23 February 2021

Could you tell us something about your work at the department?
Last December, I started as a PhD candidate at the PRO-FIT project under supervision of Dick Thijssen. In this project we are looking whether patients with stable angina pectoris benefit more from a lifestyle program than from percutaneous coronary intervention.

Could you describe yourself in a few words:
Reliable, dedicated, enthusiastic, sporty.

What do you normally do in the weekends?

In the weekends I usually enjoy sports and I take time to bake something, like cookies or cake. I also like to spend time with my boyfriend, family and friends, play board games, go for a walk or going out for a drink.

What are your hobbies and can you tell us something about your favorite one?
I like baking and cooking, but I also like sports, such as ice-skating, road cycling and running. One of my favorite hobbies is ice-skating, which I have been doing since I was a little girl. I also enjoy to be part of a team that organizes youth skating camps for our speed skating club.

Could you describe your best holiday?
I like active holidays, with beautiful nature and charming towns, combined with some relaxing activities, such as eating good food and reading a book. I love hiking in the mountains, surfing or stuffing my backpack and be off the road for a couple of weeks. It is hard to choose my favorite holiday, but one of my most special holidays was traveling around Iceland last year. Iceland is not only special because of the beautiful nature and nice people, but also because you can suddenly encounter a natural hot tub while hiking (so always take your swimsuit with you while hiking there 😉).

What is your dream for the future?
My dream for the future is to successfully complete my PhD. Besides that, I want to stay healthy, happy and be able to spend time with the people I love.

Please add a picture of yourself during a certain activity and add here a note explaining the photo:
This picture is taken during a cooking class in Italy last year. After graduating, my mom and I went to Italy to take a cooking course. This was a week filled with fresh pastas, homemade pizzas and good wine 😊.

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