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Sander van Ginkel
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Van Ginkel after defending his PhD in 2015
Born Sander Leonard van Ginkel
24 December 1987
Woerden, the Netherlands
Residence Woerden, the Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Other names San, Sannie, Pan, Gink
Education Human Movement Sciences
Alma mater VU University, Amsterdam (BSc & MSc)
Spouse(s) Kim Walravens
Scientific career
Fields Exercise physiology
Institutions Netherlands MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam
United Kingdom Manchester Metropolitan University
Switzerland Balgrist University Hospital
Thesis The effect of exercise and ACE inhibition on angiotensin II (2015 (GBR) / 2016 (NED))
Doctoral advisor Switzerland Martin Flück
Netherlands Arnold de Haan
Other academic advisors Netherlands Jos de Koning
Handtekening Sander-van-Ginkel.jpg

Sander Leonard van Ginkel (born 24 December 1987 in Woerden) is a Dutch scientist doing research in exercise physiology. He received his bachelor and master degree in Human Movement Sciences in respectively 2006 and 2010. He succesfully defended his thesis called The effect of exercise and ACE inhibition on angiotensin II in 2015 in Manchester and in 2016 in Amsterdam.


Sander van Ginkel was born in Woerden were he grew up with his parents Sjaak and Jeanette and his older sister Dominique. Sander likes sport and skated several years on national level. He also does roller skating, track and road cycling and running. He was part of the Dutch national team at the 2011 Rollball World Championships and 2015 Rollball World Championships. He visits on a regular basis sport events inclusive the 2010, 2012, 2014 Olympic Games. As an accredited press member he visited the 2013 UCI Road World Championships and 2015 European Games. Van Ginkel owns a Tintin collection.

Academic career[edit]

Sander van Ginkel graduated from the Kalsbeek College in his hometown Woerden in 2006. Due to his interest in sports he started studying Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam and earned a bachelor degree in 2009 and a masters degree in 2010. He started his PhD within the Joint Doctorate Program 'MOVE-AGE', funded by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus Mundus program. In this collabration between the VU University Amsterdam and the Manchester Metropolitan University he moved for 2.5 years to Manchester. His research was about the influence of ACE inhibition, exercise bout and an exercise study on angiotensin II. As his Swiss supervisor Martin Flück started up his own laboratory at the Balgrist University Hospital, in Zürich, Switzerland, where he did part of his analysis. He presented his work at the 2013 International Congress of Physiological Sciences, 2014 European College of Sport Science and at the 10th symposium of the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology. After his PhD he worked at the Dutch national sports centre Papendal. In October 2015 he started research into the effect of nutrition supplementation in elite rowers and speed skaters at the VU University.


International publications[edit]

  • Van Ginkel S. et al.: Adjustments of muscle capillarity but not mitochondrial protein with skiing in the elderly, Scand J Med Sci Sports.
  • Van Ginkel S. et al.: Exercise intensity modulates capillary perfusion in correspondence with ACE I/D modulated serum angiotensin II levels, Applied & Translational Genomics.
  • Van Ginkel S. et al.: ACE inhibition modifies exercise-induced pro-angiogenic and mitochondrial gene transcript expression, Scand J Med Sci Sports.
  • Van Ginkel S. et al.: Gene-Pharmacologial Effects on Exercise-Induced Muscle Gene Expression in Healthy Men, Anatomy & Physiology.

Book publications[edit]

  • The effect of exercise and ACE inhitibion on angiotensin II. PhD Thesis. May 2015 (UK edition) & April 2016 (NL edition).