Nicky van de Beek studied Egyptology, Archaeology and Digital Humanities at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Currently she is a PhD researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (GRK 1876), where she studies images of landscape in private tombs from the Old to the New Kingdom using digital methods (semantic database and network visualisation).
Together with Dr. René van Walsem she is preparing a monograph about the tomb chapel of Hetepherakhty in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, including the making of digital drawings of the complete relief decoration. Other research interests includes digital Egyptology (salvaging old research databases such as MastaBase) and the history of Egyptology (early female European travellers and the life history of Herta Mohr).
Professional experience includes ERC project management at Leiden University as well as freelance development of websites and online courses for various research and educational projects. She has excavated at Saqqara and Luxor. She frequently gives public lectures, workshops and guided tours, and maintains a Dutch website about Egyptology at Egyptologie.nu.