Hilde van Gijssel


I was born and raised in the Netherlands. I received a Master of Science with a major in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctorate with a major in Genetic Toxicology. I received both degrees from Leiden University in Leiden, The Netherlands. Leiden University is the oldest University in the country, established in 1575). From 1999 till 2002 I worked at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD as a postdoctoral visiting fellow in the area of molecular epidemiology. This research experience comes in handy at VCSU in the undergraduate research program where I run the Toxicology lab. I currently have two areas of research. First, I am interested in how exposure to herbicides affect human health. I use a fruit fly and a cell culture model in this area of research. Second, I work on research in the area of synthetic biology also known as biological engineering. Currently, one of my students is developing and testing a biological mercury sensor to detect mercury in rivers, streams and lakes. This research area involves working with bacteria. At any given time several student are involved in the research.

I am also a proud graduate from VCSU, In 2015 I finished a Master of Education with a Major in Technology Education.

In my spare time, I like to play music, learn new things and read. I volunteer for Hospice of the Red River Valley, Bridges Art Council and the Soap Box Derby in Valley City.
Hilde van Gijssel Ph.D.