John Penders

John Penders

The Netherlands


Associate Professor Penders (1978) studied Environmental Health Sciences and additionally Epidemiology at Maastricht University and received his Ph.D. on the infant gut microbiota in atopic diseases at the Department of Epidemiology of Maastricht University.  After visiting scholarships at the Department of Pediatric Pulmunology and Immunology at Charité Universitätsmedizin (Berlin, Germany) under Professor Eckard Hamelman and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University (USA) under Professor David Relman, he started as an Assistant and later Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Microbiology of Maastricht University Medical Centre+.

Currently, Penders is the principle investigator of the microbiome research group at this Department and chair of the Euregional Microbiome Center, a collaborative effort between Maastricht University (the Netherlands), Uniklinik RWTH Aachen (Germany) and the University of Liège (Belgium).

His group focuses on the role of microbiome in health and disease with a strong focus on longitudinal microbiome profiling within the context of prospective observational and intervention studies. Penders has published > 160 peer reviewed articles including papers in Nature Biotechnology, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Nature Communications, Microbiome, Gut and Gastroenterology (H-factor 44).

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ICCMg Award: Does our microbiome travel well? Gut microbiome perturbations precede the onset of Post-Infectious IBS in intercontinental travelers.