prof. dr. E. Aarts (Esther)

Principal Investigator - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Hoogleraar - Neurobiology
Hoogleraar - Food & Cognition

prof. dr. E. Aarts (Esther)

Kapittelweg 29


Postbus 9101

Prof. Dr. Esther Aarts is a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, heading the Food & Cognition research group at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. Her research focuses on neural mechanisms of eating behavior as well as how the foods we consume impact our brain functioning, using functional neuroimaging. Many effects of diet on neuro-cognition happen through the gut microbiome and immune system. She and her group are studying these peripheral-central links particularly in relation to dopamine-related brain functions such as motivational and cognitive control.
Esther Aarts has been awarded several personal grants, such as a Niels Stensen stipend (for her postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley, USA), an AXA Research Fund fellowship, an NWO-Veni grant, and an ERC starting grant.

Esther Aarts is also coordinator of the Food & Cognition research programme, a public-private innovation hub for a better understanding of Eating Behaviour and Targeted Nutrition for (prevention of) brain disorders. She is the main applicant and project leader of the public-private NWO-crossover project MOCIA, a personalised prevention approach for maintaining optimal cognitive function in aging.


Onderzoeksbeurzen en -prijzen



Ons brein heeft effect op wat we eten, maar wat we eten beïnvloedt ook ons brein. Aarts onderzoekt eetgedrag in relatie tot de hersenen. Ze kijkt daarbij naar specifieke hersenfuncties, maar ook naar darmbacteriën en het immuunsysteem.