Nicky Kruit, MSc
Research & Curriculum Vitae
Nicky obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University during which she developed an interest in atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. This led to a Bachelor’s internship at the Division of BioTherapeutics within the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR), where she studied the different cytotoxic CD8+ T cell subsets in atherosclerosis. During her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences, she further explored the field of cardiovascular disease and did an internship at the Department of Vascular Surgery within the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in the group of Dr. M.R. de Vries and Prof. Dr. Quax, focusing on the role of T cells in vein graft disease. For her second Master’s internship, Nicky worked on a collaborative project between the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Department of Endocrinology (LUMC), which focused on the role of (submucosal) adipocytes in (early) colorectal cancer. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she stayed in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology as a Research Assistant to continue the work of her internship and coordinate a clinical study on the effect of Mediterranean diet intervention on submucosal fat in early colorectal cancer. After a little detour in gastroenterology, Nicky is back in vascular research again joining the group of Dr. M.R. de Vries and Prof. Dr. Quax, where she started as a PhD candidate in April 2023. During her PhD, she will focus on the complex relation between dietary interventions, gut microbiome, and perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) browning to improve vascular remodeling.