Hiske van Duinen received her MSc in Biology from Groningen University (2002) and her PhD in Medical Sciences (Medical Physiology) from Groningen University (2007). During her PhD, she studied the relation between physical fatigue and cognitive performance, under the supervision of dr. Inge Zijdewind. Following her graduation, she did postdoc studies on the human hand at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (now known as Neuroscience Research Australia) in Sydney, Australia, under the supervision of Simon Gandevia and dr. Janet Taylor, and on proprioception at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on a Marie Curie Grant of the European Research Council.
In 2014, she returned to the section Medical Physiology as a lecturer in physiology. She now teaches all types of physiology to students in the Medical curriculum, Dentistry, Human Movement Sciences, the University College Groningen (UCG), Biology and Life Sciences & Technology, and Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences. Examples of topics are neurophysiology, vegetative physiology, exercise physiology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, metabolism, endocrinology, and renal physiology.
Furthermore, she is involved in the organization of the medical curriculum (Course director in G2020 for semesters 1.2 and 2.1) and she coordinates two courses at the UCG: Human Integrative Physiology I & II