Jonathan Jeroen Beekman, Master’s student Computational Science at the UvA, held a part-time student-assistantship at the IAS.
Together with a group of researchers from the Faculty of Science and the Academic Medical Center (AMC) Jonathan has been working on a system-dynamics model of obesity. The model was developed to study causal relations between various factors that are known to influence an individual’s increased BMI risk profile (through e.g. sleep, stress, income). Recently, a research grant has been awarded by ZonMW to move this type of research further towards gaining a better understanding of socio-economic inequalities in health.
"With my background in Physics and Interdisciplinary Studies, combined with a Masters in Computational Science, the student-assistantship was a great opportunity to put my knowledge into scientific practice. Working in an environment that nurtures cooperation between the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities has clearly sparked my creativity and showed me new ways of thinking. Besides this factor of personal development, I am proud to have contributed to some really promising research outcomes!"
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