Human and Animal Physiology

Human and Animal Physiology

Human and Animal Physiology performs molecular physiological research and academic training focused on mechanistic understanding of energy metabolism in health and disease of humans and animals and how this can be targeted by specific nutrients to improve health.


Research of Human and Animal Physiology (HAP) is focused on energy metabolism. A compromised energy metabolism is a central component of diet- and age-related diseases and affects organ and tissue function. By studying energy metabolism, we want to improve metabolic health and prevent disease and dysfunction. We do this by physiological and molecular physiological research that aims at understanding the role of mitochondria and intermediary metabolism in metabolic health of vertebrates and how this can be improved by nutrients, compounds and physical activity. We perform experimental research in humans, animals (with emphasis on rodents and pigs), tissues and cells, using state-of-the-art physiological, molecular, biochemical and histological tools. Results of our research are i) new mechanistic insights in metabolism related to health and organ functioning and, ii) methodology and data to substantiate the efficacy of interventions, compounds and foods to improve metabolic health. 

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Silvie Timmers published her work on muscle performance in JACC, the Journal of the Amerinca Colege of Cardiology (link to paper). The research is also nicely highlighted in the JACC podcast series.

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Researchers at Human and Animal Physiology publish regularly in international, peer reviewed scientific journals.

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