Field of interest: Molecular genetics & toxicogenomics
Dr. Danyel Jennen graduated in Bioprocestechnology in 1996 at the Wageningen University (The Netherlands). He specialised in molecular genetics of micro-organisms. After his study he worked as technical assistent at the department of Anthropogenetics at Leiden University and as scientific researcher at the Institut for Agrotechnological Research in Wageningen. In 1999 Dr. Jennen started his PhD, which he obtained in 2004, at the Department of Animal Sciences, Animal Breeding and Genetics Group at Wageningen University. The thesis was entitled “Chicken fatness: From QTL to candidate gene” and the research focused on the identification of biomarkers used in animal breeding. After that Dr. Jennen continued this kind of research as project leader at the Institute of Animal Science, Animal Breeding and Husbandry Group of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany). During his stay he got acquainted with microarray techniques and the new siRNA technology. Furthermore, Dr. Jennen was successful in the acquisition of a project within the German Research Foundation (DFG), Research Unit 753: DRIP. In 2007 Dr. Jennen left the scientific world of the universities for a year and became a science teacher at the International School of Maastricht. Since 2008, however, he is back as researcher in the field of toxicogenomics at the Department of Health Risk Analysis and Toxicology at Maastricht University. His research focuses on the development of integrated –omics applications using a systems biology/toxicology approach.