Dr. Lydia Afman is Associated Professor at the division of Human Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University and Research. She focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying effects of nutrition on metabolic health in humans. Topics addressed are fatty acids, polyphenols and caloric restriction which are studied in dietary intervention and challenge studies in combination with transcriptomics, metabolomics and other molecular biology techniques. More recently she started a research line on precision nutrition, in which phenotypic data from existing and new intervention and challenge studies is used in combination with sensors, such as continues glucose monitoring, to predict and influence postprandial and long term individual responses to diet. Dr. Afman has over 55 peer-reviewed papers.
She is executive secretary of the NuGO-management board, which is an Association of Universities and Research Institutes focusing on the joint development of the research areas of molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology.