Rosanne Hertzberger joins AIMMS Molecular Cell Physiology research group

Microbiologist and NRC columnist Rosanne Hertzberger has joined the AIMMS Molecular Cell Physiology research group (department of Molecular Cell Biology) on 1 May. She will be working in the group of Extraordinary Professor Remco Kort, in the O|2 Lab building.

05/09/2017 | 4:41 PM

Hertzberger will study vaginal bacteria metabolism to find an explanation for high degrees of acidity of the female vagina and to find better treatments for a number of vaginal disorders. At the VU, she hopes to pursue a more liberal way of science, says Hertzberger in her NRC column of 15 April (in Dutch).

Since 2009, Hertzberger is columnist for NRC Handelsblad. In the past weeks, her book ‘Ode aan de E-nummers’ received a lot of media attention. In this book she contradicts the myth that the E numbers in our food are harmful.


Hertzberger studied Life Science & Technology at TU Delft and at Leiden University. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2014. Thereafter, she worked as a post-doc at the Washington University School of Medicine for two years.