Teatske Altenburg is a senior researcher at the Department of Public and Occupational Health at the EMGO Institute of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her position is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw projectnr 91211057).
Teatske completed her Masters in Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam in 2003. After her study, she worked for one year as a research assistant, both at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the EMGO Institute (Pam project) and at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences.
In 2004 Teatske started her PhD project at the Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health at the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and at the Research Institute MOVE at the VU University. In 2008 she obtained her PhD degree for her thesis on muscle activation during isometric and dynamic exercise.
Between 2008 and 2010 Teatske worked as a physical education lecturer and coordinator at the Hague University. In 2009 she also was a member of the 'lectoraat innovatieve beweegstimulering en sport'.
Currently, Teatske is working at the EMGO+ Institute. She is involved in research projects related to physical activity and sedentariness in youth, including the 'Sick of Sitting' (SOS) project and 'The Amsterdam school environment from the child perspective'.
In 2011 she obtained the 'Albert Renold Travel Fellowship' and visited the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne (Australia) to collaborate with prof dr David Dunstan on experimental research on the acute effects of sitting.
Teatske has teaching responsibilities concerning courses for students in Medicine, Health Sciences and Human Movement Sciences.
Since September 2015 she is secretary of the EMGO+ Science Committee.