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Dr. ir. Petra Verhoef

Petra Verhoef is coordinator.


Petra Verhoef joined the Rathenau Instituut in February 2018. She is coordinator digital care and health.

Education and career

Petra studied Food at Wageningen University and was awarded a doctorate for her research on the role of B-vitamins in the occurence of cardiovascular diseases. As a post doc at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston she researched genetic determinants of cardiovascular diseases. Consequently, she worked 8 years as project leader at the Top Institute Food & Nutrition in Wageningen. Then she worked almost 12 years at the R&D-department Food and Health of Unilever Vlaardingen. First as team leader, then as open innovation manager and as project leader.

Other activities

  • Municipal councillor for the PvdA in Lansingerland.