Joni Nijveldt

Dark haired woman, white shirt green background.

Where were you born?

Hilversum, the Netherlands

What kind of studies do you work on?

Studies focusing on optimizing the surgical treatment of breast cancer patients, including surgical procedures for the primary tumor and axillary surgery. Within OMIG, I mainly work on using fluorescence imaging.

Why do you want to work in this field?

This specific field offers many unique possibilities through new insights and techniques. I hope to contribute to this by participating in innovative and clinical studies. Hopefully, this leads to a more tailor-made treatment for patients, prioritizing oncological safety, while at the same time maintaining quality of life and a low morbidity.

What is your background?

As MD/PhD student I am combining my master’s in Medicine with a PhD trajectory.

What relevant experience did you gain during your study?

During my clinical internships at the Isala Hospital in Zwolle, I experienced how research helps improve patient care. Particularly, I became interested in the multidisciplinary treatment of breast cancer, in which surgery plays an important role. It was also during this time that I first engaged in various studies.

What do you like to do when you are not working? 

All kinds of sports (especially soccer and skiing) and traveling.