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Kitty Verhoeckx

Assistant Professor

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Kitty Verhoeckx received her Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1992. In 1991 she started her career at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, where she had various research positions and was involved in various research topics (pesticides, hormones and animal pharmaceuticals, analytics (targeted and untargeted proteomics, metabolomics), systems biology, bioactive lipids etc.

In November 2005 she gained her PhD degree at the University of Leiden on the topic: ”Systems biology based studies on anti-inflammatory compounds”.

Since January 2011, Kitty Verhoeckx is involved in food allergy projects (predicting allergenicity of novel proteins for instance insects, effect of protein digestion, transport and processing on allergenicity and biomarkers for food allergy to improve diagnosis). She was a management committee member of the COST Action INFOGEST (food digestion), management committee member of COMFA, a European network for the development of a core outcome set for measuring the effectiveness of immunotherapy for food allergy, participated in the ILSI Europe task force ‘Allergenicity and processing’. She was the chair of the COST Action ImpARAS, a European network to improve the current risk assessment strategy of novel proteins a member of the EFSA focus groups on food allergy and digestion, and EFSA Focus group on allergenicity assessment. Currently, Kitty Verhoeckx is working as Assistant Professor at the Dermatology and allergology department of the University Medical Center Utrecht, she participates in the ILSI Europe FA Expert Group “Allergenicity’’, is expert for Food Standard Agency (FSA), is coordinator of the Marie Curie training network “ALLPreT” where 10 PhD student work on an allergenicity prediction toolbox and coordinator of KIC-NWO MoSIN project “Monitoring the introduction of Novel foods”.  

Research groups

Acute inflammation - Food allergy

Research aim

We aim to improve allergy diagnosis and increase quality of life to reduce healthcare costs by developing predictive diagnostic tools, get insight into food allergy mechanisms and increase understanding and awareness of allergic risks of (new) foods.

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Recent publications

EAACI Molecular Allergology User's Guide 2.0 Stephanie Dramburg, Christiane Hilger, Alexandra F Santos, Leticia de Las Vecillas, Rob C Aalberse, Nathalie Acevedo, Lorenz Aglas, Friedrich Altmann, Karla L Arruda, Riccardo Asero, Barbara Ballmer-Weber, Domingo Barber, Kirsten Beyer, Tilo Biedermann, Maria Beatrice Bilo, Simon Blank, Philipp P Bosshard, Heimo Breiteneder, Helen A Brough, Merima Bublin, Dianne Campbell, Luis Caraballo, Jean Christoph Caubet, Giorgio Celi, Martin D Chapman, Maksymilian Chruszcz, Adnan Custovic, Rebecca Czolk, Janet Davies, Nikolaos Douladiris, Bernadette Eberlein, Motohiro Ebisawa, Anna Ehlers, Philippe Eigenmann, Gabriele Gadermaier, Mattia Giovannini, Francisca Gomez, Rebecca Grohman, Carole Guillet, Christine Hafner, Robert G Hamilton, Michael Hauser, Thomas Hawranek, Hans Jürgen Hoffmann, Thomas Holzhauser, Tomona Iizuka, Alain Jacquet, Thilo Jakob, Bente Janssen-Weets, Uta Jappe, Marek Jutel, Tanja Kalic, Sandip Kamath, Sabine Kespohl, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Edward Knol, André Knulst, Jon R Konradsen, Peter Korošec, Annette Kuehn, Gideon Lack, Thuy-My Le, Andreas Lopata, Olga Luengo, Mika Mäkelä, Alessandro Maria Marra, Clare Mills, Martine Morisset, Antonella Muraro, Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, Roni Nugraha, Markus Ollert, Kati Palosuo, Elide Anna Pastorello, Sarita Ulhas Patil, Thomas Platts-Mills, Anna Pomés, Pascal Poncet, Ekaterina Potapova, Lars K Poulsen, Christian Radauer, Suzana Radulovic, Monika Raulf, Pierre Rougé, Joaquin Sastre, Sakura Sato, Enrico Scala, Johannes M Schmid, Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier, Denise Schrama, Hélène Sénéchal, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Marcela Valverde-Monge, Marianne van Hage, Ronald van Ree, Kitty Verhoeckx, Stefan Vieths, Magnus Wickman, Josefina Zakzuk, Paolo M Matricardi, Karin Hoffmann-Sommergruber
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 2023, vol. 34
Co-sensitization between legumes is frequently seen, but variable and not always clinically relevant Mark Smits, Kitty Verhoeckx, André Knulst, Paco Welsing, Aard de Jong, Marco Gaspari, Anna Ehlers, Paulien Verhoeff, Geert Houben, Thuy My Le
Frontiers in allergy, 2023, vol. 4
Digestion and Transport across the Intestinal Epithelium Affects the Allergenicity of Ara h 1 and 3 but Not of Ara h 2 and 6 Mark Smits, Irene Nooijen, Frank Redegeld, Aard de Jong, Thuy-My Le, André Knulst, Geert Houben, Kitty Verhoeckx
Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 2021, vol. 65, p.1-10
Ranking of 10 legumes according to the prevalence of sensitization as a parameter to characterize allergenic proteins Mark Smits, Kitty Verhoeckx, André Knulst, Paco Welsing, Aard de Jong, Geert Houben, Thuy My Le
Toxicology Reports, 2021, vol. 8, p.767-773
Allergen labelling W Marty Blom, Liselotte M van Dijk, Anouska Michelsen-Huisman, Geert F Houben, André C Knulst, Yvette F M Linders, Kitty C M Verhoeckx, Bregje C Holleman, Leo R Lentz
Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 2021, vol. 51, p.574-584
Poor understanding of allergen labelling by allergic and non-allergic consumers Bregje C. Holleman, Harmieke van Os-Medendorp, Huub van den Bergh, Liselotte M. van Dijk, Yvette F.M. Linders, W. Marty Blom, Kitty C.M. Verhoeckx, Anouska Michelsen-Huisman, Geert F. Houben, André C. Knulst, Leo R. Lentz
Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 2021, vol. 51, p.1374-1382