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Trudy Voortman
Principal Investigator

R.G. (Trudy) Voortman, PhD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator of Nutrition and Lifestyle Epidemiology

  • Department
  • Epidemiology
  • Focus area
  • Nutrition & Lifestyle Epidemiology



Trudy Voortman works as associate professor at the department of Epidemiology of Erasmus MC, where she leads the Nutrition & Lifestyle research group. Her group's research focuses on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in health throughout the lifecourse, with studies embedded in several large population-based cohorts, including the Rotterdam Study and the Generation R Study.

Dr. Voortman holds a BSc and an MSc degree in Nutrition and Health from Wageningen University, an MSc degree in Epidemiology from the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences, and a PhD degree in Epidemiology from Erasmus University.

Previously, she worked at Unilever, Harvard School of Public Health, Nestlé and UC Berkeley.

Field(s) of expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology


Recent Findings 

Previous studies in the lab have shown that autologous dendritic cells pulsed with allogenic tumor cell lysate was able to induce peripheral T cell activation and tumor-reactive T cell responses in patients with mesothelioma and pancreatic cancer. Current research focuses on how to initiate an effective immune response in the tumor as well as the tumor-draining lymph node using dendritic cell vaccination. Furthermore, we are studying novel approaches for (personalized) vaccination. In addition, we have identified T cell characteristics that underlie clinical efficacy of immune check inhibitors or chemotherapeutic agents in mesothelioma. The selected publications below give an impression of our work. 

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