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Research and Teaching

University Medical Center Groningen

Genetic epidemiology


To develop a high quality research program investigating genetic and environmental influences on the etiology, prognosis and treatment of common chronic complex diseases.


  • CVD, T2D, obesity, psychosocial determinants
  • Candidate gene & genomewide association studies
  • Cohorts: Prevend, LifeLines, Trails, Nesda, Twins UK, Georgia CV Twin study

Senior staff
Name Function/collaboration e-mail address Topic
Harold Snieder

Full professor

Unit chair Genetic Epidemiology of cardiometabolic disease
Behrooz Alizadeh Associate Professor Genetic Epidemiology
Ilja Nolte Post-doc Statistical Genetics
Jana van Vliet Post-doc/Endocrinology Genetics of obesity and type 2 diabetes
Jelle VehofResearch fellow/Ophthalmology Genetic epidemiology of eye disease
PhD fellows
Shifteh Abedian Methods in Pharmacogenetics
Azmeraw AmarePsychiatry/Public Health Genetics of major depression
Marzyeh Amini Mendelian Randomization in Genetic Epidemiology
Atiqul IslamPsychiatry, GROUP Schizophrenia & statistical modeling
Omid JazayeriGenetics Next-generation (exome) sequencing in patients with microcephaly
Leanne KüpersLifestyle medicine l.kü Early life enviironment and childhood growth/overweight
Loretto Munoz Venegas Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Genetic epidemiology of heart rate variability
Bram Prins Genetics Rare variants in common diseases
Peter v.d. MostProgrammer Programming, statistical analyses
Arthur SasMD-PhD student Healthy aging and longevity
Felix TropfSociology Is fertility in the genes?
Ahmad Vaez Medical Bioinformatics
Tengfei ManMerck, Beijing, China Heart rate variability and blood pressure regulation
Renske VerweijSociology Genetics of childnesless
Bin WangBeijing University, China genetic epidemiology and twin studies
Last modified:July 23, 2015 15:02