Position: Assistant Proferssor
Telephone: +31 43 3881379
Key words: Muscle, Satellite cells, Perfusion, Capillary, Exercise, Aging, Sarcopenia
Dr. Tim Snijders holds a BSc in Health Sciences and an MSc in Human Movement Sciences (Maastricht University). In December 2014, he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Satellite cells in skeletal muscle atrophy and hypertrophy” (Maastricht University). He continued his research in exercise physiology as a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada). His studies were focused on the identification of different exercise and nutritional intervention strategies to further augment skeletal muscle protein synthesis and muscle satellite cell function in older adults. As an assistant Professor at Maastricht University, he is now involved in both research and education focused on the skeletal muscle fiber perfusion in muscle adaptive response to exercise training in young, old and more compromised clinical populations.
After completing my Masters education at Maastricht University, Tim was awarded the Kootstra Talent Fellowship (Maastricht University). This allowed him to develop novel immunohistological staining methods to assess muscle stem cell function and gather pilot data to develop his own PhD-research proposal. This project proposal was granted (2009) by the MOVE initiative of Maastricht University. His PhD-thesis describes a series of in vivo experimental human studies in which he examined the regulatory role of skeletal muscle stem cells in relation to both acute and more prolonged muscle atrophic and hypertrophic signals. Tim Snijders his thesis was awarded best Ph.D. Dissertation of 2014 by the Dutch Society of Movement Sciences, and silver award best Ph.D. Dissertation of 2014 by the Dutch society of Sport medicine. In addition, he received several awards at the annual meetings of the European College of Sport Sciences and American College of Sports Medicine in recognition of individual studies from his thesis. After completing his doctoral work, Tim completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University (Canada) on the impact of aging on muscle stem cell physiology and vascularization. In 2016, Tim started as an assistant professor Within the M3 research unit at Maastricht University. Recently he was awarded the prestigious NWO-Veni research grant aimed at improving our understanding of the mechanisms underlying sarcopenia and to develop new and/or improve existing interventions to counteract this myopathy.