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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
Harriëtte RiesePost-doc/ Interdisc. Center of Psychiatric Epidemiology Psychiatric genetic epidemiology
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
Marzyeh Amini Mendelian Randomization in Genetic Epidemiology
Atiqul IslamPsychiatry, GROUP Schizophrenia & statistical modeling
Omid JazayeriGenetics Next-generation (exome) sequencing in patients with microcephaly
Loretto Munoz Venegas 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
Ahmad Vaez Medical Bioinformatics
Tengfei ManMerck, Beijing, China Heart rate variability and blood pressure regulation
Bin WangBeijing University, China genetic epidemiology and twin studies
Last modified:May 13, 2015 14:17