Merel Leithaus works as a PhD student in the TRANS-SENIOR program. She did her Bachelor degree in European Public Health at Maastricht University in 2017. Moreover, she graduated as Master in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health at Maastricht University in 2018. The topic of her PhD research deals with optimizing care transitions in senior citizens. In particular, it focuses on transitional care impact of integrated care projects. She obtained a Marie curie Fellowship as an early stage researcher.