Actually, Thijs has been with us much longer, because Thijs started his PhD research in November 2007 after the first year of Four Days Marches Research that has been completed, and Thijs had a load of data to take care off.
In 2011 Thijs obtained his PhD and became "Mister Four Days Marchers"! With a wonderful Rubicon in his pocket, Thijs crossed the pond to work for Paul Thompson (world leader in the field of sports cardiology). This collaboration and learning experience marked a definitive breakthrough in science for Thijs. Thijs published one high impact paper after another, received nice grants such as Thermo Tokyo and Sitt less from the Dutch Heart Foundation, and did wonderful PhD's, even Cum Laude.
Thijs is a goal-oriented hard worker, a smart worker but above all a very pleasant person. He was nominated by the PhD students and within the RIHS he was elected "Supervisor of the Year", a prize more beautiful than all the others that Thijs has won.
Thijs is now associate professor, and has many great plans for research and education for the coming years!