E. Blaak is currently heading a research group of 2 assistant professors, 1 post-doc and 5 PhD students; She acquired funding from Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research/Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation/EU as a PI for 12 research projects, she has more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Career Ellen Blaak studied Human Nutrition at the Agricultural University of Wageningen where she graduated in 1989. She did her PhD research on ‘The sympathetic nervous system and human energy metabolism in relation to obesity’ at Maastricht University and graduated cum laude in 1993. After a short stay abroad at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, she obtained a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for a 3 year post doc position at Maastricht University with the research proposal ‘ Defects in sympathetically mediated fat utilization in the etiology of abdominal obesity-associated Diabetes Mellitus’. In august 1999 she became assistant professor and later in 2001 she received an ASPASIA grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and became Associate Professor. Since February 2007, she is professor on Physiology of fat metabolism at the Department of Human Biology at Maastricht University. Presently, her research focuses on disturbances in fatty acid metabolism in the etiology of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (>150 publ). She is a member of the Advisory board of the Dutch Diabetes research Foundation, and the TOP grant evaluation committee of the Netherland Organisation of Scientific Research.
Fields of Expertise Disturbances in fatty acid metabolism in the etiology of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Impact of Lifestyle, diet, physical activity and pharmacological intervention
Qualifications – Agricultural University Wageningen, study: Human Nutrition Main orientation: Physiology, Biochemistry and Nutrition, 1989 – PhD project at Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University. Title thesis: The sympathetic nervous system and human energy metabolism in relation to obesity (Cum Laude graduation), 1993