Rene got his training at the Wageningen University (WU) (BSc, MSc and PhD) and from 1986 to 2015 worked in various functions of the Animal Nutrition Group, specialising in Poultry Nutrition. In the last 20 years he has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and 13 PhD-students have graduated under his supervision. Currently he supervises 7 PhD-students. Since 2007, Rene combines a job as Associate Professor at the Animal Nutrition Group with Programme Director of the Bachelor and Master Programmes in Animal Sciences at WU. In that position he leads a team of 6 study advisers and recruitment officers. Since 2017 he is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where he spends a month every year.