drs. ir. T.U. (Virissa) Huibers

drs. ir. T.U. (Virissa) Huibers

Assistant Professor
drs. ir. T.U. (Virissa) Huibers
  • Department of Epidemiology

Research Programs

Child Health



Virissa Lenters is an Assistant Professor at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht. She is also a Principal Investigator of the Utrecht Exposome Hub. She earned her MSc and PhD in Epidemiology from Utrecht University. 

Virissa Lenters investigates how chemical pollution and more broadly the exposome affect child development and disease susceptibility, including the mediating effects of the gut microbiome. She is co-coordinating the European H2020 AURORA project (2021–2026) on the reproductive and early-life health effects of microplastic exposure and is leading the work package on Risk Assessment. She teaches about epidemiology, prevention, and exposome science and coordinates the Public Health Epidemiology MSc course.

She recently described her research for the Studium Generale public lecture series of Utrecht University: 'How our environment affects our health'.

Research Output (4)

Gender-Specific Changes in Life Satisfaction After the COVID-19–Related Lockdown in Dutch Adolescents:A Longitudinal Study

van der Laan Sabine E.I., Finkenauer Catrin, Lenters Virissa C., van Harmelen Anne Laura, van der Ent Cornelis K., Nijhof Sanne L. 2021, In: Journal of Adolescent Health. 69 , p. 737-745 9 p.

Influence of maternal obesity on the association between common pregnancy complications and risk of childhood obesity:an individual participant data meta-analysis

Patro Golab Bernadeta, Santos Susana, Voerman Ellis, Lawlor Debbie A., Jaddoe Vincent W.V., Gaillard Romy, Patro Golab Bernadeta, Santos Susana, Voerman Ellis, Barros Henrique, Bergström Anna, Charles Marie Aline, Chatzi Leda, Chevrier Cécile, Chrousos George P., Corpeleijn Eva, Costet Nathalie, Crozier Sarah, Devereux Graham, Eggesbø Merete, Ekström Sandra, Fantini Maria P., Farchi Sara, Forastiere Francesco, Georgiu Vagelis, Godfrey Keith M., Gori Davide, Hanke Wojciech, Hertz-Picciotto Irva, Heude Barbara, Hryhorczuk Daniel, Inskip Hazel, Ibarluzea Jesus, Kenny Louise C., Küpers Leanne K., Lagström Hanna, Lehmann Irina, Lenters Virissa, Llop Sabrina Llop, Magnus Per, Majewska Renata, Mäkelä Johanna, Manios Yannis, McAuliffe Fionnuala M., McDonald Sheila W., Mehegan John, Mommers Monique, Morgen Camilla S., Smit Henriette A., van Rossem Lenie, 1 Nov 2018, In: The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health. 2 , p. 812-821 10 p.

Modeled and perceived RF-EMF, noise and air pollution and symptoms in a population cohort. Is perception key in predicting symptoms?

Martens Astrid L., Reedijk Marije, Smid Tjabe, Huss Anke, Timmermans Danielle, Strak Maciej, Swart Wim, Lenters Virissa, Kromhout Hans, Verheij Robert, Slottje Pauline, Vermeulen Roel C.H. 15 Oct 2018, In: Science of the Total Environment. 639 , p. 75-83 9 p.

Cohort profile:LIFEWORK, a prospective cohort study on occupational and environmental risk factors and health in the Netherlands

Reedijk Marije, Lenters Virissa, Slottje Pauline, Pijpe Anouk, Peeters Petra H, Korevaar Joke C, Bueno-de-Mesquita Bas, Verschuren W M Monique, Verheij Robert A, Pieterson Inka, van Leeuwen Flora E, Rookus Matti A, Kromhout Hans, Vermeulen Roel C H 3 Feb 2018, In: BMJ open [E]. 8 , p. e018504

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