Rik Oldenkamp works at AIGHD as a Postdoctoral Fellow (Domain expert antimicrobial resistance (AMR)). He works together with Constance Schultsz and is part of a larger team undertaking research to better understand antimicrobial resistance AMR patterns and key drivers of AMR emergence. In 2016, Rik obtained his PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen, on the environmental risk assessment of human pharmaceuticals. He then worked as postdoctoral researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen and at the University of York, United Kingdom, before joining AIGHD in 2019.
His research is devoted to the development, evaluation and application of predictive models to assess the environmental and human health impacts of chemicals. He does this by integrating concepts, methods and data from various disciplines, such as chemistry, toxicology, pharmacology, epidemiology and microbiology. This enables him to cover a broad temporal and spatial spectrum, with methods ranging from quantitative structure activity relationships at the molecular level, to dynamic physiologically-based toxicokinetic models for individuals, to global scale hydrological models. Following logically from his work on the environmental fate and effects of antibiotics, since 2017 he has extended his research towards their role in the emergence and spread of AMR.