Celia Berkers

Celia Berkers
Professor Metabolomics
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University
Science for Life

"Being able to discover new things, is what inspires me."

Celia Berkers combines Metabolomics approaches – aimed at studying the small molecule metabolite profile of cells using Mass Spectrometry – with biochemical and chemical biology techniques. By comprehensively profiling metabolic changes in either drug resistant cells or in specific populations of immune cells, she aims to identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention.

Key words
Biochemistry, metabolomics, immunometabolism, drug resistance, Mass Spectrometry

Brief bio of Celia
Celia studied chemistry at Utrecht University, where she graduated cum laude in 2003. She started he PhD at Harvard Medical School in Boston and continued her research at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, obtaining her PhD cum laude in 2010. Since 2013 Celia is a research group leader at Utrecht University’s Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research. She received a Rubicon Fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2011. In 2013, that same organisation awarded her a Veni Grant. In 2014 she received a Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for her research into the workings of the proteasome, a structure that breaks down proteins in biological cells.