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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, head unit

h.snieder Genetic Epidemiology of cardiometabolic disease
Ilja Nolte Senior researcher i.m.nolte Statistical Genetics
Jana van Vliet-Ostaptchouk Post-doc/Endocrinology j.v.van.vliet Genetic epidemiology of obesity & type 2 diabetes
Peter v.d. Most Post-doc p.j.van.der.most Psychiatry, Nephrology
Ahmad Vaez Post-doc a.vaez Bioinformatics and Post-GWAS analyses
Jelle Vehof Research fellow/Ophthalmology j.vehof Ophthalmology
PhD fellows
Shifteh Abedian Digestive disease s.abedian Methods in Pharmacogenetics
Azmeraw Amare Psychiatry a.t.amare From genome-wide pleiotropy to prediction modeling of depression
Marzyeh Amini Digestive disease m.amini Mendelian Randomization and inflammation
Nigus Asefa Ophtalmology n.g.asefa Heritability of eye diseases
Yldau van der Ende Cardiology m.y.van.der.ende New insights in (unrecognized) myocardial infarction
Chris Thio Nephrology, Health sciences c.h.l.thio Socio-Economic Status, Genetic predisposition and the risk of chronic kidney diseases
Parinaz Poursafa University of Isfahan, Iran p.poursafa Metabolic syndrome: the neglected role of airpollution
Arthur Sas MD-PhD student The epidemiology of ageing and age-related pathology; biology and genetics unraveled
Balewgizie Tegegne Psychiatry, Vascular Medicine b.s.tegegne Genetic and environmental influences on heart rate variability and its association with hypertension
Tengfei Man Merck, Beijing, China Heart rate variability and blood pressure regulation
Anna Neustaeter Ophthalmology a.neustaeter Glaucoma screening driven by genetic and other risk factors
Renske Verweij Sociology r.verweij Understanding childlessnes
Rujia Wang Psychiatry Shared genetic and environmental influences on major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, obesity and substance use disorder.
Eliza Walaszczyk RIVM, Endocrinology e.walaszczyk Epigenetics and the development of type 2 diabetes
Bin Wang Beijing University, China Genetic and environmental influences on cardoimetabolic risk
Tian Xie t.xie Early (epi)genetic and environmental origins of obesity and hypertension
Xueling Lu Endocrinology Association etween (epi)genetic determinants of type 2 diabetes and body burden of endocrine disruption chemicals.
Katri Pärna University of Tartu, Estonia k.parna Prediction models for type 2 diabetes
Last modified:20 September 2019 11.46 a.m.