Esther obtained her Master’s degree in Biological Health Science (cum laude) at Maastricht University in 2003. In that same year she started working on her PhD project on the burden and treatment of obesity and associated co-morbidities in the general adult population at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht and the Municipal Health Service Utrecht. During her PhD, Esther obtained her Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2005) and conducted research at the Framingham Heart Study, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA (2007). After her PhD defense in 2008, she worked as a cabin attendant, clinical research assistant at Julius Clinical and health market researcher at GfK Netherlands. Since 2012, Esther works as a lecturer at the department of Environment and Health. She is involved in the coordination and teaching of several courses in the Bachelor Health and Life Sciences and she is the chairman of the Programme Committee of Health and Life Sciences.
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