Kim Suijker graduated with a degree in Biology from Wageningen University & Research (WUR). She first completed her bachelor’s degree with the specialization Organismal and Developmental Biology and subsequently her master’s degree with the specialization Health and Disease. She did research on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis during her Master thesis at the Cell Biology and Immunology Group of WUR and internship at the Powrie Mucosal Immunology Group of the University of Oxford. After graduation, she received a fellowship from the Lucie Timmermans Fund to write a project proposal for the Cell Biology and Immunology Group (WUR).
She thinks the broad research field of vitamin B12 deficiency is a very interesting field: research variating from clinical practice to cell level. It intrigues her how the deficiency of one vitamin can result in severe signs and symptoms in many systems of the human body. Unfortunately, vitamin B12 deficiency is not always properly diagnosed and treated. Therefore, she believes it is important to improve the diagnosis and treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency by conducting thorough research and she likes to contribute by translating urgent questions originating from clinical practice to specific and clinical-relevant research proposals.