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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 Genetic Epidemiology of cardiometabolic disease
Ilja Nolte Senior researcher Statistical Genetics
Jana van Vliet-Ostaptchouk Post-doc/Endocrinology Genetic epidemiology of obesity & type 2 diabetes
Peter v.d. Most Post-doc Psychiatry, Nephrology
Ahmad Vaez Post-doc Bioinformatics and Post-GWAS analyses
Jelle Vehof Research fellow/Ophthalmology Ophthalmology
PhD fellows
Shifteh Abedian Digestive disease Methods in Pharmacogenetics
Azmeraw Amare Psychiatry From genome-wide pleiotropy to prediction modeling of depression
Marzyeh Amini Digestive disease Mendelian Randomization and inflammation
Nigus Asefa Ophtalmology Heritability of eye diseases
Yldau van der Ende Cardiology New insights in (unrecognized) myocardial infarction
Chris Thio Nephrology, Health sciences Socio-Economic Status, Genetic predisposition and the risk of chronic kidney diseases
Parinaz Poursafa University of Isfahan, Iran 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 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 Glaucoma screening driven by genetic and other risk factors
Renske Verweij Sociology Understanding childlessnes
Eliza Walaszczyk RIVM, Endocrinology Epigenetics and the development of type 2 diabetes
Bin Wang Beijing University, China Genetic and environmental influences on cardoimetabolic risk
Tian Xie Early (epi)genetic and environmental origins of obesity and hypertension
Last modified:07 August 2018 10.34 a.m.