dr. K.C.M. (Kitty) Verhoeckx Assistant Professor

dr. K.C.M. (Kitty) Verhoeckx Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor
dr. K.C.M. (Kitty) Verhoeckx Assistant Professor
  • Dermatology and Allergology

Research Programs

Infection & Immunity



Kitty Verhoeckx received her Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Chemistry in 1992. In 1991 she started her career at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, where she had various research positions and was involved in various research topics (pesticides, hormones and animal pharmaceuticals, analytics (targeted and untargeted proteomics, metabolomics), systems biology, bioactive lipids etc.

In November 2005 she gained her PhD degree at the University of Leiden on the topic: ”Systems biology based studies on anti-inflammatory compounds”.

Since January 2011, Kitty Verhoeckx is involved in food allergy projects (predicting allergenicity of novel proteins for instance insects, effect of protein digestion, transport and processing on allergenicity and biomarkers for food allergy to improve diagnosis). She was a management committee member of the COST Action INFOGEST (food digestion), management committee member of COMFA, a European network for the development of a core outcome set for measuring the effectiveness of immunotherapy for food allergy, participated in the ILSI Europe task force ‘Allergenicity and processing’. She was the chair of the COST Action ImpARAS, a European network to improve the current risk assessment strategy of novel proteins a member of the EFSA focus groups on food allergy and digestion, and EFSA Focus group on allergenicity assessment. Currently, Kitty Verhoeckx is working as Assistant Professor at the Dermatology and allergology department of the University Medical Center Utrecht, she participates in the ILSI Europe FA Expert Group “Allergenicity’’, is expert for Food Standard Agency (FSA), is coordinator of the Marie Curie training network “ALLPreT” where 10 PhD student work on an allergenicity prediction toolbox and coordinator of KIC-NWO MoSIN project “Monitoring the introduction of Novel foods”.  

Research Output (31)

EAACI Molecular Allergology User's Guide 2.0

Dramburg Stephanie et al. Mar 2023, In: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 34

Co-sensitization between legumes is frequently seen, but variable and not always clinically relevant

Smits Mark, Verhoeckx Kitty, Knulst André, Welsing Paco, de Jong Aard, Gaspari Marco, Ehlers Anna, Verhoeff Paulien, Houben Geert, Le Thuy My 2023, In: Frontiers in allergy. 4

Predicting the allergenicity of legume proteins using a PBMC gene expression assay

Smits Mark, Meijerink Marjolein, Le Thuy My, Knulst André, de Jong Aard, Caspers Martinus Petrus Maria, Lima Everton Souto, Babé Lilia, Ladics Gregory, McClain Scott, Houben Geert, Verhoeckx Kitty 13 Apr 2021, In: BMC Immunology. 22 , p. 1-12

Allergen labelling:Current practice and improvement from a communication perspective

Blom W Marty, van Dijk Liselotte M, Michelsen-Huisman Anouska, Houben Geert F, Knulst André C, Linders Yvette F M, Verhoeckx Kitty C M, Holleman Bregje C, Lentz Leo R 26 Jan 2021, In: Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 51 , p. 574-584 11 p.

Digestion and Transport across the Intestinal Epithelium Affects the Allergenicity of Ara h 1 and 3 but Not of Ara h 2 and 6

Smits Mark, Nooijen Irene, Redegeld Frank, de Jong Aard, Le Thuy-My, Knulst André, Houben Geert, Verhoeckx Kitty 12 Jan 2021, In: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. 65 , p. 1-10

Ranking of 10 legumes according to the prevalence of sensitization as a parameter to characterize allergenic proteins

Smits Mark, Verhoeckx Kitty, Knulst André, Welsing Paco, de Jong Aard, Houben Geert, Le Thuy My Jan 2021, In: Toxicology Reports. 8 , p. 767-773 7 p.

Poor understanding of allergen labelling by allergic and non-allergic consumers

Holleman Bregje C., van Os-Medendorp Harmieke, van den Bergh Huub, van Dijk Liselotte M., Linders Yvette F.M., Blom W. Marty, Verhoeckx Kitty C.M., Michelsen-Huisman Anouska, Houben Geert F., Knulst André C., Lentz Leo R. 2021, In: Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 51 , p. 1374-1382 9 p.

Are Physicochemical Properties Shaping the Allergenic Potency of Animal Allergens?

Costa Joana, Villa Caterina, Verhoeckx Kitty, Cirkovic-Velickovic Tanja, Schrama Denise, Roncada Paola, Rodrigues Pedro M., Piras Cristian, Martín-Pedraza Laura, Monaci Linda, Molina Elena, Mazzucchelli Gabriel, Mafra Isabel, Lupi Roberta, Lozano-Ojalvo Daniel, Larré Colette, Klueber Julia, Gelencser Eva, Bueno-Diaz Cristina, Diaz-Perales Araceli, Benedé Sara, Bavaro Simona Lucia, Kuehn Annette, Hoffmann-Sommergruber Karin, Holzhauser Thomas 2021, In: Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology. 62 , p. 1-36

COST Action 'ImpARAS':What have we learnt to improve food allergy risk assessment. A summary of a 4 year networking consortium

Verhoeckx Kitty, Lindholm Bøgh Katrine, Constable Anne, Epstein Michelle M., Hoffmann Sommergruber Karin, Holzhauser Thomas, Houben Geert, Kuehn Annette, Roggen Erwin, O'Mahony Liam, Remington Ben, Crevel René 18 May 2020, In: Clinical and Translational Allergy. 10

Homologous tropomyosins from vertebrate and invertebrate:Recombinant calibrator proteins in functional biological assays for tropomyosin allergenicity assessment of novel animal foods

Klueber Julia, Costa Joana, Randow Stefanie, Codreanu-Morel Françoise, Verhoeckx Kitty, Bindslev-Jensen Carsten, Ollert Markus, Hoffmann-Sommergruber Karin, Morisset Martine, Holzhauser Thomas, Kuehn Annette 1 Jan 2020, In: Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 50 , p. 105-116 12 p.

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