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Liset Elstgeest studied Health and Life Sciences at VU University and received her bachelor degree in 2009. She continued with a master program in Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University. Her master thesis was at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) on the topic ‘Maternal use of folic acid supplements during pregnancy and childhood respiratory health and atopy: the PIAMA birth cohort study’. She completed her master internship was at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She studied the relationship between transitions in living arrangements and changes in dietary patterns in young women within the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). She received her master degree in November 2011.

In May 2012, she started working as a junior lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences of VU University in Amsterdam. She coordinated courses on nutrition of the bachelor and master of Health Sciences, gave lectures and working groups, and supervised interns.
Since January 2014, she is a PhD student at the Department of Health Sciences of VU University on the EU project MooDFOOD. Her project is entitled ‘The bidirectional association between diet and depression in European adults’.


2009 - 2011: MSc Nutrition and Health, specialization Nutritional and Public Health Epidemiology - Wageningen University
2006 - 2009: BSc Health and Life Sciences (cum laude), two majors: in health sciences and biomedical sciences - VU University Amsterdam