Jenny Visser, PhD

April 08, 2020

Nominating Committee Chair, Ex-Officio

Associate Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Jenny Visser, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where she heads the Metabolism and Reproduction laboratory. She studied Animal Science at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. In 1998, she obtained her PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Following, she was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, San Francisco, USA, where she identified one of the AMH type I receptors. In 2001 she returned to the Netherlands to investigate the role of AMH in ovarian function at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. At present, her research group focuses on various aspects of obesity, including functional genetics of obesity, sex differences in obesity and the interaction between gonadal function and metabolism. In addition, her group continues the research on the function and clinical application of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH). She participates in the Erasmus MC Academic Center of Obesity, Academic Center for Gender Specific Translational Research (Gesture), and the international Reproductive Genetics (Repro Gen) consortium and Genetics of PCOS consortium. She is an associate editor of Human Reproduction Update and has served as an editorial board member of Human Reproduction, Endocrinology, and Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. She is currently chair of the nominating committee and co-chair of the Special Interest Groups working group of the Endocrine Society. For the European Society of Endocrinology, she is a member of the Focus Area on Reproductive Endocrinology.

The 3 key things I hope to learn during orientation are:

  • learn who the staff members are who are supporting "my" committee
  • learn how staff members and I can work together efficiently (who's doing what)
  • learn from the board where priorities are so that the committee contributes to the mission and vision of the Society

I am excited to be part of the Endocrine Society leadership team because:
It provides me an opportunity to use my skills which I have been allowed to develop in part through the Endocrine Society and thereby give back to the Society.

Tell us about when and why you joined the Endocrine Society.
I joined the Endocrine Society as a PhD student. I became a full member in 1999 as a postdoc, since the Annual Meeting was my main meeting to attend.

My favorite Endocrine Society moment or experience is:
I always enjoy attending the Annual meeting. I have enjoyed both being on the AMSC and Council (now board), as it provided more insight into the Society.

I believe that the Endocrine Society’s significant organizational strengths are:

  • advocacy at various levels
  • strong scientific meeting

I think that these 3 areas are opportunities for growth and improvement in the Endocrine Society:

  • protecting/strengthening position of Endocrinology
  • diversity in research
  • healthcare funding and organisation

How would you describe your approach to collaboration and team decision making?
I explain what is needed, what the context is, and goals are. I aim to give everybody the opportunity to provide input, to listen and incorporate comments. If needed, give my own viewpoint in the discussion. Furthermore, I aim to keep the discussions focused and concise. Summarize the discussion (in between) to check if everybody agrees. Make sure that when decision has been taken, that there is indeed agreement and that everybody has contributed. Should be a group effort.

I would describe my top 3 leadership strengths as:

  • careful listener and open to other opinions
  • looking at the bigger picture
  • being prepared in order to work efficiently

As leaders, we all strive to continuously improve. What would you like to improve in terms of your leadership skills?
Communication skills

The one thing that most people may not know about me is:
I'm taking singing lessons (although some people do know now)

My hobbies are:
music/visiting concerts

Fun facts about myself:

  • Favorite Color: black
  • Favorite Food: Asian cuisine
  • Favorite Movie Genre: art house
  • Favorite Book Genre: fiction (magical realism)
  • Favorite Music Genre: alternative rock
  • Favorite portable snack: dark chocolate
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