Dr Ruth Meex (R.C.R.)
I work at the Department of Human Biology. My research focuses on understanding how fat metabolism is regulated in adipose tissue, skeletal muscle and the liver, and how alterations in these processes are related to the development of insulin resistance and muscle atrophy. The mechanisms that underlie the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are not fully elucidated.
I graduated as a professional nurse (HogeSchool Heerlen) in 2003, and obtained my Masters degree in Movement Sciences in 2005 (University Maastricht). In 2011, I succesfully defended my PhD thesis 'Lipid accumulation in skeletal muscle; big deal?!'
- 2019 – present: Associate Professor. Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
- 2016 – 2019: Assistant Professor. Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
- 2010 – 2016: Postdoctoral fellow. Department of Physiology, Monash University, Australia. Supervisor: Prof. Matthew Watt.
- 2006 – 2010: PhD-student. Department of Human Movement Science, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Supervisors: Prof. Matthijs Hesselink, Prof. Patrick Schrauwen.
- 2005: intern student (6 mnths) and research assistant (6 mnths). Department of Movement Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Supervisor: Prof. Luc van Loon.
- 2003 – 2005: Human Movement science, University Maastricht, the Netherlands.
- 1999 – 2003: HBO-v (higher vocational in nursing) Hoge School Zuyd, Heerlen, the Netherlands.