Professor Wouter de Jonge studied at University of Utrecht, Columbia University, and Oxford University, and received his Ph.D. in medicine in 2001 at the University of Amsterdam. He has chaired the gastro-intestinal research group (www.gut-research.com) since 2013. He is interested in gastrointestinal physiology, nutrition, and the function of neural networks within the gastrointestinal tract, in particular relation to the mechanisms involved in functional bowel disorders
(IBS), and chronic inflammation of the GI tract (IBD, EoE). His research has translational nature and involves basic as well as clinical studies. He focuses on the role of the neural system in influencing the immune response; for instance stress related diseases such as IBS and IBD. His group is funded via national science foundation grants (NWO-Vidi-STW),
EU FP7 and Horizon2020 grants, and multiple industrial grants. He is currently coordinating a Marie Curie training network (EpiMac; www.epimac.eu) aimed at epigenetic marks in inflammatory disease. He is working with the GSK Bioelectronics Network consortium since 2014 and is currently leading a large scale project on the development of bioelectronic medicine for IBD. He served on the board of the scientific committees a.o. National Trust for Gastro Intestinal and Lever Diseases, and is founder of the spin off company
Gut-research Services (http://gut-research-services.com) aimed to facilitate industry collaborations in the field of gastro intestinal diseases.