During my undergraduate studies I majored in cancer biology and when I was looking for appropriate graduate studies I became most interested in the Ph.D. program in “Human Toxicology” at the University of Iowa. Toxicology is a diverse and highly interdisciplinary scientific field that imparts knowledge from basic natural sciences and medicine and therefore perfectly met my interests.
Current Research: My PhD project focused on the evaluation of the thyroid disrupting potential of sulfated metabolites of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) through interactions with the thyroid hormone transport protein transthyretin (TTR).
Thesis Title: Toxicological and Therapeutic Implications of Interactions Between Polychlorinated Biphenyl Sulfates and Human Transthyretin full text
Advisor: Michael Duffel, Ph.D.
Year of Graduation: 2014
Current Position: Senior Toxicologist
Current Employer/Institution: Exxon Mobile Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
Publications: Grimm FA, Lehmler HJ, He X, Robertson LW, Duffel MW. Sulfated metabolites of polychlorinated biphenyls are high-affinity ligands for the thyroid hormone transport protein transthyretin. Environ Health Perspect. (2013) 121: 657-62. PDF
Awards and Honors: 2013: 2nd Place Biomedical Student Poster Competition, NIEHS Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2013: Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students (ECGPS) Travel Award
2012 – present: NIEHS Superfund Research Program Training Grant Recipient
2012: University of Iowa Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Travel Award
2011: 1st Place Biomedical Student Poster Competition, NIEHS Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky
2010: Winner of the Golden Spatula (Gouden Spatel) for the best (bio)chemical thesis in higher professional education in the Netherlands in 2009, Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)
2009: Graduation Cum Laude/ with honors, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede, The Netherlands.