Tineke Lenstra received her Bachelor's' and Master's' degree in biomedical sciences from Utrecht University (cum laude). In 2008, she joined the laboratory of Frank Holstege at University Medical Centre Utrecht, where she used genome-wide expression analysis to study transcription regulatory complexes. She was awarded a cum laude PhD in 2012. As a postdoc in laboratory of Dan Larson at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, USA, she used cutting-edge single-molecule techniques to study transcription dynamics in single cells. In 2016, she established an independent group at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam, where her lab focuses on the regulatory mechanisms of stochastic transcription in eukaryotic cells.
For her work, Tineke has received a number of awards, including the “Cancer Genomics and Developmental Biology” PhD Student Award, the Fellows Award for Research Excellence and the NCI Director's Innovation Award. Her research was supported by the Huygens Scholarship Talent Program, the NWO Toptalent Program, EMBO long-term fellowships and KWF fellowship for basic research.