About Me


As a child I spent most of my days outside catching frogs and picking flowers and I knew that one day I would become the greatest veterinarian of all times. And for many years becoming a vet was my dream. However, as a high school student it became clear that I needed a back-up plan. Back in the day I wasn't so much the math and science guy. I did, however, realize that everything that had to do with nature fascinated me. So, some serious changes needed to be made in order to get anywhere close to the dream I'd been having for so many years.

Luckily, spending time in South Africa doing voluntary work opened up my eyes and helped me making the change.

I got back from South Africa and decided to do a bachelor in Wildlife Management. During these years my interest for nature and ecology evolved. Therefore, it didn't take long for me to come to the decision that I wanted to become an ecologist. I enrolled for the masters programme Ecology at the VU University in Amsterdam and two years later I earned my MSc degree.

Now, as a math and science guy with an increased knowledge and passion about evolution, molecular ecology, and genetics, I was certain to become a scientist.

I applied for a PhD position in ecogenomics at the VU University in Amsterdam, and I was given the position in november 2013.

I hope that I will be able to unravel a fraction of the incredible complexity that is life, by focusing my research on genomic changes caused by stress exposure. By observing changes I hope to understand how organisms are coping with an ever changing environment.

My name is Jeroen Noordhoek

Personal Info


Mom's smoking alters fetal DNA
Joubert et al on March 31, 2016, in Cell Press

You are what your parents ate!
Huypens et al on March 14, 2016, in Nature Genetics

Songbird's reference genome illuminate key role of epigenetics in evolution of memory and learning
Laine et al on January 25, 2016, in Nature Communications

Like father like son: Epigenetics in wild guinea pigs
Weirich et al on December 23, 2015, in Molecular Ecology

An ecologist's enthusiasm about epigenetics
A short piece I wrote for the EpiConcept Newsletter

New mechanism of inheritance could advance study of evolution, disease treatment
Devanapally et al on February 2, 2015, in PNAS

High-sugar diet in fathers can lead to obese offspring
Öst et al on December 4, 2014, in Cell

Two Independent Studies Find Epigenetic Changes In Brains Of Alzheimer's Patients
Justine Alford on August 18, 2014


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