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.

Summer 2020 Semester Courses

Course Name Course Title Section
UNIV 481 Continuous Enrollment 1