On May 6th 2019 I successfully defended my PhD thesis “Multi-omics strategies for detecting gene-environment interactions” A digital version of my thesis can be downloaded from A recording of my thesis defense is available here:

During my PhD research my son John was born with a hereditary muscle disease. Because of this, he is regularly admitted to the hospital, sometimes for months on end. Thanks to the Ronald McDonald house in Groningen, my wife and I have been able be there as much as possible for our son. I have therefore started a fund raiser for the Ronald McDonald house. For more information and to contribute please go to

Cover of my PhD Thesis