Folkert Kuipers


Folkert Kuipers, PhD (1957) is Professor of Pediatrics and Scientific Director of the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA)/head of the Department of the Biology of Ageing at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) since 2022. He studied biology/biochemistry at the University of Groningen (UoG) and received his PhD degree (Cum Laude) in Medical Sciences at UoG in 1987. After a research fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (5y) and an Established Investigatorship from the Netherlands Heart Foundation (5y), he was appointed as Professor of Pediatrics in 2000 and was Head of the Laboratory of Pediatrics at UMCG from 2000-2008 and 2016-2022. His research program deals with molecular (dys) regulation of cholesterol, bile acid and lipid metabolism and transport in liver and intestine in inherited and age-related metabolic diseases, including roles of the gut microbiome. He is (co-)author of >375 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised >45 PhD theses. From 2008-2016 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences/UMCG and was involved in initiation and implementation of the Healthy Ageing program at UMCG, with population cohort Lifelines and ERIBA as scientific flagship projects. He holds the Noaber Foundation Healthy Life named professorship. Currently, he serves in the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Heart Foundation, in the Supervisory Board of G-Cure BV, Groningen,  and is member of the External Advisory Boards of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center for Aging Research, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA and the Multidisciplinary Institute for Ageing (MIA), University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.