Marieke Berkeveld was born on March 24th 1978 in Boskoop, The Netherlands, and spent her childhood in the villages Heukelom, Kollum and Warnsveld. In 1996 she graduated from high school, the Isendoor College, in Warnsveld. Subsequently she started to study Biology at Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). In 2001 she graduated with a thesis on neurobiology (Human and Animal Physiology, WUR) and a traineeship in evolutionary genetics (Institute for molecular and cell biology, University of Porto, Portugal). Moreover, she worked as a student assistant at the departments Human and Animal Physiology, and Experimental Zoology. Between January 2001 and February 2004, Marieke worked as junior scientist in cell biology at Numico Research BV, in a research project focussed on adipocyte metabolism. From February 2004 onward, she started her PhD study at the department of Farm Animal Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Utrecht, resulting in the thesis “Intermittent suckling and extended lactation; improving adaptation of piglets to postweaning challenges”, which she presented and defended with success on November 4, 2008, University Utrecht. From August 2008 onward Marieke Abrahamse-Berkeveld is scientist in baby nutrition research at Danone Research in Wageningen. She is married to Sander Abrahamse.