Monika Wolkers did her PhD in 2003 with Ton Schumacher at the Netherlands Cancer Institute on antigen presentation. In 2005 she moved to the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology to work with Stephen Schoenberger and Douglas Green with an Irvington Institute/Cancer Research Institute fellowship on the transcriptional imprinting of T cell help for CD8 memory T cells. When she returned to the Netherlands, she continued her work on the regulation of TRAIL expression in several immune cells with a Dutch Science foundation VENI grant at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam. In 2010, Monika Wolkers moved to Sanquin Research Institute to set up her own group. The work of the group now concentrates on uncovering how T cells respond to different stimuli and how T cell function is regulated, with a focus on post-transcriptional regulation of cytokines. She holds a Landsteiner foundation for Blood Research fellowship, a Dutch Science foundation VIDI grant, and an ASPASIA fellowship.