Dr Linda Rieswijk, Ph.D. (L.)
Within the Institute of Data Science, Linda is working on the VSNU's Digital Society project and the BReIN project (Brightlands e-Infrastructure for Neurohealth).
The Digital Society Research program is a collaboration between the fourteen universities in the Netherlands. This unique program, led by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), intends to promote cooperation between universities and between different disciplines in order to solve the many urgent questions arising from the emergence of a digital society. The Digital Society program aims to safeguard the leading international position of the Netherlands in the field of people-oriented information technology and to find solutions to global challenges. The agenda focuses on seven themes: "Citizenship and Democracy", "Responsible Data Science", "Health and Wellbeing", "Learning and Education", "Work and Organizations", "Digital Cities and Communities" and "Safety and Security".
Linda is working within the "Responsible Data Science" theme with 5 other universities.
Thanks to Big Data we are now for the first time able to quickly analyze large amounts of data and discover patterns in it that say something about the prevention and prediction of diseases. BReIN (Brightlands e-Infrastructure for Neurohealth) is a new research institute funded by the Province of Limburg, Maastricht UMC + and Maastricht University (UM). The aim of the institute is to create an adequate infrastructure for the collection, storage and processing of big data in healthcare. An extensive study of Alzheimer's will serve as a "prototype".
Linda is working within WP5 which is focused on the creation of the data infrastructure.
- MicroRNAs and epigenetics
- Systems Biology
- Chemical carcinogenesis
- Data analysis
- Pathway and Network analysis
- Data integration
- Ontology development and validation
- Semantic Web
- Teaching (e.g. mentoring tutorial groups, practical supervision, report grading)
- Writing scientific papers
Professional career history
In 2004, Linda started her bachelor study “Nutrition and Health” at the Wageningen University, specialized in Molecular Nutrition. After her graduation in 2007, she continued her studies with a master in the same field and obtained her degree in September 2009. During her masters she worked on a thesis for 6 months on Antioxidative characteristics of selenium in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)” within the framework of the Selenium and Prostate cancer (SePros) study. After she finished her master thesis, Linda went to the UK for 4.5 months to do her internship at the Human Nutrition Research Centre of the Newcastle University. The internship covered the study of “The tissue specific effect of maternal folate depletion on the epigenetic gene regulation in mice offspring”. On the 1st of January 2010 Linda started working as a PhD in the area of toxicogenomics at the Department of Toxicogenomics (Maastricht University) within a major EU financed research program of the Netherlands Toxicogenomic Centre entitled: “An applied system biology approach to predict chemical safety”. The aim of this PhD project was to elucidate the role of microRNAs and epigenetics in chemical carcinogenesis by applying an integrative toxicogenomics-based approach. She obtained her PhD degree in January 2016. On the 1st of February 2015 Linda started working as a post-doctoral fellow on the eNanoMapper project (http://www.enanomapper.net), followed by another short post-doctoral fellowship in February and March 2017 at the Maastricht Institute for Data Science to support the efforts by prof. Michel Dumontier and his team on annotating drug indications for DailyMed. In April 2017, Linda left the Netherlands for a post-doctoral fellowship in the US at the School of Public Health of the University of California Berkeley. Within the lab of prof. Martyn Smith she has been working on several projects related with exposomics. In January 2019, she returned to the Institute of Data Science to work again with Prof. Michel Dumontier on the Digital Society project of the VSNU and the BReIN (Brightlands e-Infrastructure for Neurohealth) project. Linda is a member of the Dutch and US Society of Toxicology.