Desiree Lucassen obtained her BSc degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from HAN University of Applied Sciences in 2011. In 2012, she started at the division of Human Nutrition and Health as a research dietician. From 2012 to 2015 Desiree worked on multiple controlled feeding trials, dietary intervention studies and food consumption studies. In 2014, she started with the MSc program Health Education and Promotion at Maastricht University which she finalized in 2016 with the distinction cum laude.
After a 2-year break from the university she returned in 2017 as a PhD researcher. During her PhD she focused on the development and evaluation of a flexible ecological momentary dietary assessment app 'Traqq'. In 2021, she was the winner of the Foppe ten Hoor award during the Dutch Nutritional Science Days. Alongside her PhD project, Desiree was involved in many other projects related to dietary assessment (innovations). Moreover, since 2018, Desiree has been a member of the Dietary Assessment and Eating Behaviour (DAEB) group, for which she advices both internal and external researchers on the integration of dietary assessment in their research projects. From 2020 to 2022 Desiree also joined the Nutri_Lab team of the Department of Industrial Design of Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) as a postdoctoral researcher. This position was created to advance the collaboration between WUR and TU/e to further innovate dietary assessment efforts by exploring new technological opportunities.
Currently, Desiree is still working at the division of Human Nutrition and Health as a nutritional researcher where she is involved in both national and international consortia on advancements in dietary assessment and diet-related interventions.