Lex B. Verdijk, PhD

Position: Associate Professor
Department of Movement Sciences
Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences
Maastricht University
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands

Telephone: +31 43 3881318
Fax:           +31 43 3670976
Mobile:       +31 6 42307097
Email: lex.verdijk#maastrichtuniversity.nl


Key words: sarcopenia, muscle, aging, resistance training, satellite cells


Hobbies: football, music, cycling

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Education

1997–2001 Physical Therapy, Faculty of Health, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
2001-2003 Master of Science, Department of Movement Sciences, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
2003-2004 Research assistant, Department of Movement Sciences, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
2004-2008 PhD student, Department of Human Movement Sciences, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
PhD thesis: “Satellite cells and skeletal muscle characteristics in sarcopenia”, Thesis defense: October 16, 2009
Promotor: Prof. H. Kuipers
Co-promotor: Dr. H. Savelberg, Dr. K. Meijer and Dr. L. van Loon
2008-2010

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Human Movement Sciences, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
TIFN project “Dietary strategies to augment muscle mass”

2010-present

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Movement Sciences, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
Focus area: regulation of skeletal muscle atrophy and hypertrophy


Career description

After receiving a degree in physical therapy in 2001, Lex Verdijk started a 2 year MSc program at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University. He obtained his MSc degree in Human Movement Sciences in 2003, after working as an intern on the age-related changes in the human walking pattern, and on the self-stabilizing function of intrinsic muscle properties. For his Master thesis, he received the SWUM award (2003). After working as a research assistant at Human Movement Sciences, Lex started his PhD project entitled “Structural and metabolic basis of sarcopenia” at the same Department in July 2004, supervised by Dr. K. Meijer, Dr. H. Savelberg and Dr. L. van Loon. The project focused on determining the age-related adaptations in skeletal muscle mass and strength, and on the benefits of exercise and/or nutritional interventions to improve muscle mass and strength in the elderly. During the first years as a PhD student, Lex received a Young Investigators Award from the European College of Sport Science (2006) for his presentation on age-related fiber type specific differences in satellite cell content. In 2009, he successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “satellite cells and skeletal muscle characteristics in sarcopenia”. In this thesis, specific attention is given to the role that satellite cells might play in the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass as well as the exercise-induced increase in muscle mass and strength. After finishing his thesis, Lex worked for 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow on the TIFN project “dietary strategies to augment muscle mass” in which he focused on long-term exercise and nutritional interventions to counteract sarcopenia. In April 2010, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Human Movement Sciences. As such, he is now involved in both education and research in the area of skeletal muscle atrophy and hypertrophy, with a continued interest in the aging human.