Renate Jonker, Research Assistant, Ph.D student. Renate Jonker is a Research Assistant and Ph.D student in the Center for Translational Research in Aging & Longevity of the Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University. She studied Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Amsterdam and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in June 2009. As part of her education she performed a retrospective cross-sectional study in children with Cystic Fibrosis at the Emma Children’s Hospital, part of the Amsterdam University Medical Center, to assess their nutritional status over time. Her graduation thesis focused on different methodological principles to measure body composition and the validity of these principles in a healthy population, performed in the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL), at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), under supervision of Dr. Nicolaas Deutz.

After her graduation she joined the research group of Dr. Deutz as a Ph.D student. Over the past years she has coordinated and performed human clinical trials in health and disease, has written and implemented research protocols and performed data analysis. Her dissertation focuses on nutritional intervention in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), who are at risk or suffering from malnutrition, to alter their protein kinetics to ultimately benefit the functional status and outcome of these patients. A review on the role of specific amino acids in different clinical conditions, all characterized by muscle wasting, has recently been accepted by the British Journal of Nutrition. Please click here for Renate Jonker’s publications.