Position/Title: PhD. Candidate
Office: ANNU 016
I grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands and discovered my passion for animals at a young age. My hobbies are hiking, doing yoga or playing the guitar.
After completing a B.Sc. in Animal Sciences and an M.Sc. in Animal Nutrition at Wageningen University, I moved to Canada to continue my research as a Ph.D. student at the University of Guelph.
I met my supervisor Dr. Michael Steele during my M.Sc. internship, for which I evaluated strategies to wean calves off milk using automated calf feeders. My current research evaluates how the composition of calf milk replacer (a replacement for whole milk) influences intestinal health during the first weeks of life. Many dairy farmers struggle to rear healthy calves and experience health issues on farm, such as diarrhea. By bringing the composition of milk replacer closer to that of whole milk (e.g. by mimicking the amounts of lactose and fat or the content of essential fatty acids) I aim to improve the quality of milk replacer formulations to improve calf health on farm.
Highly Qualified Personnel Scholarship Program (2019 – 2021)
(video presentation: Recognizing HQP Scholars - Food from Thought)
Food from Thought Conference Bursary (Summer, 2019)