U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Tel: 301-827-4202
Email: ouwerkerkr@mail.nih.gov

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  • Ph.D.Heamatolgy Department, School of Medicine, State University Utrecht, the Netherlands1989
  • M.S.Department of Chemistry, State University Utrecht, the Netherlands1986
  • B.S.Department of Chemistry, State University Utrecht, the Netherlands1984

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Ronald Ouwerkerk, Ph.D.

Scientific Scientist, Biomedical and Metabolic Imaging Branch

Specialties: Biomedical Engineering/Biophysics/Physics, Chemistry/Chemical Biology, Medical Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging​​​​​​​​​

Ronald Ouwerkerk, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist
  • Biomedical Engineering/Biophysics/Physics
  • Chemistry/Chemical Biology
  • Medical Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Research Summary/In Plain Language

Research in Plain Language

​I use MRI to measure how fat is burned or stored in the hearts, livers, muscles, and belly fat of lean and overweight humans to learn how obesity may lead to disease.  Obese humans can develop a number of health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes, that can ultimately lead to heart disease.  We need to find out how these changes occur and what possible early warning signs we should focus on to save people before obesity causes irreparable damage.  There are many factors, such as race gender and age, that make it hard to find a common mechanism.  For that reason, we study a large and diverse group of lean and obese subjects and also some subjects with known metabolic diseases or habits that affect fat metabolism.​