Rebekka Koeck

PhD candidate

+31 43 38 71272


Laboratory of Cellular Genomic Medicine
Department of Clinical Genetics
Maastricht UMC+
P. Debyelaan 25
6229 HX Maastricht
The Netherlands

About me

During my pre-clinical training from 2011-2014 at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, I discovered my interest in human development and selected several modules focusing on the formation of different organ systems. I wanted to learn more about these intricate processes, so I chose to interrupt my medical degree to do a Master of Research in Maternal and Fetal Health at Manchester University, which I completed in 2015. During my master’s degree I had the opportunity to do an internship in the lab of Professor John Aplin where I used in vitro model to study the effects of environmentally induced embryo stress on the process of implantation. I returned to Brighton and Sussex Medical School to complete my clinical training in 2018 before working as a junior doctor in different hospitals of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust. Throughout my clinical training I maintained a focus on obstetrics and fertility, by choosing to do extra placements in these specialties and being secretary of the university’s obstetrics and gynaecology society. I wanted to delve deeper into the topics I had been introduced to in my Masters internship and contribute to the improvement of fertility treatments, so in 2019 I joined the Cellular Genomic Medicine group as a PhD candidate to study the epigenome dynamics of early human development and the impact of the environment on these processes.








PhD student, “epigenome dynamics during early human development” (Maastricht, NL)

Foundation year 2 doctor at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre & General Practice (Oxford, UK)

oundation year 1 doctor at Milton Keynes University Hospital (Milton Keynes, UK)

BMBS Brighton and Sussex Medical School – clinical training (Brighton, UK)

MRes Maternal and Fetal Health (Manchester, UK)

BMBS Brighton and Sussex Medical School – pre-clinical training (Brighton, UK)

Honors & Awards

2021 Prize for best developmental biology poster (GROW, Maastricht University)
2021 Runner up for the Gedda Prize for best poster at the International Society of Twins Research (ISTS) conference


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