Exposure Science and the Exposome

We can’t (easily) change our genes, but if we are serious about the prevention of diseases, we need to know the modifiable part – that is, the environmental factors.

Our environmental exposures affect our health over a lifetime. The exposome is a new science to understand which chemicals, occupational and social exposures, or combination of bacteria in our gut, are beneficial or detrimental to our health, and how we can prevent them. Researchers in Utrecht are starting to systematically sequence the environmental factors influencing our health – mapping out the outside world as well as the miniature worlds existing, for instance, in our intestinal tracts.

Research projects

Cohort studies