Dr Mensink received his MSc in Health Sciences, specialization movement sciences, and his medical degree (MD) from Maastricht University. He completed his PhD at the same university, within the project: “Relevance of genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes”. After a post-doc period on muscular fat accumulation and insulin action, he moved to Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition and Health, chair Nutritional Biology. Dr Mensink is responsible for the research theme Nutrition, Physical activity and Sports and involved in the themes Nutrition and Ageing and Metabolic Health. He coordinates the course Nutrition and Sports and developed the MOOC Nutrition, Physical activity and Sports
Field of research is Nutrition, Energy Metabolism & Health, in particular how nutrition and physical activity (exercise) can regulate energy metabolism and affect health and performance. Main interest is aerobic exercise, cardiorespiratory fitness and macronutrient intake and balance, in particular protein and carbohydrates.