University Hasselt (Campus Diepenbeek)
Agoralaan Gebouw D
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Esmée Bijnens (1988) was born in Genk (Belgium). She studied Biology at Hasselt University. The master Cel- en Systeembiologie at Antwerp University gave her the opportunity to specialize in molecular biology. During her masterthesis she studied post-transcriptional modifications in histones in Brassica napus. She graduated in 2011 with distinction at Antwerp University. Subsequently she started a PhD at Hasselt University and Maastricht University. In 2012, she followed a post-academic course 'Modelling of Environmental Exposures Using GIS' at Imperial College, London (United Kingdom).
At the moment her research is focusing on twins. She is investigating the effect of traffic related exposure in early life. Important traffic parameters can be calculated via a Geographic Information System (GIS). She applied this geo-information system in on one of the world largest longitudinal prospective twin cohort. The East Flanders Prospective Twin Survey (EFPTS), a Belgian population based register which started in 1964, offers the opportunity to follow up twins from birth to adulthood. Environmental influences on the intrauterine environment may not only effect fetal growth but also may predispose offspring to increased risk of clinical outcomes later in life.