Dr Mensink received his MSc in Health Sciences, specialization movement sciences, in 1995, and his medical degree (MD) in 1998 from Maastricht University. He completed his PhD in 2003 at the same university, within the project: "Relevance of genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes". Main research question was: "Can lifestyle favourably affect the natural history in subjects at high risk for type 2 diabetes (IGT)?", with special attention for the role of skeletal muscle fatty acid metabolism. After a post-doc period on muscular fat accumulation and insulin action, he moved in 2008 to Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition and Health, chair Nutritional Biology. Dr Mensink is responsible for the research theme Nutrition, Physical activity and Sports and involved in the themes Nutrition and Ageing and Metabolic Health. He coordinates the course Nutrition and Sports and developed the MOOC Nutrition, Physical activity and Sports
Field of research is Nutrition, Energy Metabolism & Health, in particular how nutrition and physical activity (exercise) can regulate energy metabolism and affect health and performance. Main interest is aerobic exercise, cardiorespiratory fitness and macronutrient intake and balance, in particular protein and carbohydrates. Questions that are addressed are: How well are proteins and amino acids digested and utilised?, What is their role in insulin resistance, skeletal muscle function and metabolic health? and How does nutritional status, like protein intake and carbohydrate availability impact exercise and training adaptation. Target group ranges from patients and persons with a sedentary lifestyle to recreationally-active and elite athletes.