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University Medical Center Groningen

Department of Genetics

About us

The Department of Genetics is part of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). It has a large, international staff and a broad spectrum of activities:

  • research lines in systems genetics, autoimmune and intestinal disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, congenital syndromes, heart diseases, oncogenetics
  • hosts the Genomics Coordination Centre (offering systems genetics facilities) and the Genome Analysis Facility for large-scale genomic studies
  • clinical genetics, diagnostics and genetic counselling*
  • European surveillance of congenital anomalies (Eurocat)
  • teaching of BSc, MD and MSc students, and training of clinical fellows

* There is a separate UMCG website (in Dutch) with information for patients and medical professionals

ERIBA - European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Groningen
ERIBA - European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing, Groningen

About the department, lab and ERIBA

See news clips on the 2015 Spinoza award to Cisca Wijmenga here (select language flag at top right of webpage) and a short film about her work
See film about the Dept of Genetics made for the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 conference
See a presentation about the department here

Highlights of 2015

  • Lude Franke awarded UMCG research prize of €100,000 (January)
  • Visit by Frances Collins, Director of NIH, to the department (March)
  • Iris Jonkers awarded Rosalind Franklin Fellowship, a prestigious 5-year grant for women at an early stage of their academic careers with a proven record of excellence (May)
  • Cisca Wijmenga awarded an NWO Spinoza prize of €2.5m (the top Dutch prize in science) (June)
  • Successful first-ever ISO 9001 audit of research section (November)

News and Events in 2017

For news, see right-hand menu and the News archive

27 January 2017 PhD graduation of J.W. (Annet) Sollie, Free University of Amsterdam, on her thesis entitled "Reuse and sharing of electronic health record data with a focus on primary care and disese coding". Supervisors: Prof. M.E. Numans, Prof. R.H. Sijmons (UMCG)
22 March 2017 (provisional) PhD graduation of Marc Jan Bonder on his thesis entitled: "The interplay between genetics, the microbiome, DNA‐methylation & gene‐expression" at the Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen
29 March 2017 (provisional) PhD graduation of Esther Nibbeling
Contact information

Dept. of Genetics, CB50
University Medical Center Groningen
P.O. Box 30001
9700 RB  GRONINGEN
The Netherlands

Phone +31 50 3617100
Fax + 31 50 3617231
E-mail: secretary

Visiting address

The department is housed in ERIBA (European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing) and in the adjacent Medical Faculty building (building 3211)

Dept of Genetics, UMCG,
5th floor, Antonius Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV Groningen, the Netherlands
Reception desk phone: +31 50 3617100

Research and diagnostics lab: this is located on the 5th floor in ERIBA

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