After obtaining his Masters degree in Biology, specialization human and animal physiology, from Wageningen University in 2000, Stefan worked as a scientist at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and for Numico Research B.V. (currently Danone research) in Wageningen. In 2004 he started his Ph.D. research at the department of Vascular Medicine at the Academic Research Centre in Amsterdam. His research focused on developing gene therapeutic applications for disorders in the lipid metabolism. (link to Ph.D. thesis).
Since 2009 Stefan is working as a scientist and lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences. His research focuses on developing an in vitro alternative to replace an animal safety test for pertussis vaccines (in collaboration with the RIVM) and on the application of in vitro intestinal models to evaluate the disturbance and possible recovery of epithelial integrity by natural (food) compounds and probiotics. For a list of Stefan's publications please follow: Publications. As a lecturer, Stefan teaches theoretical and practical courses in the first and second year of the BSc education Life Sciences & Chemistry.