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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

Unit chair Genetic Epidemiology of cardiometabolic disease
Ilja Nolte Post-doc Statistical Genetics
Jana van Vliet Post-doc/Endocrinology Genetics of obesity and type 2 diabetes
Ahmad Vaez Post-doc
Jelle Vehof Research fellow/Ophthalmology Genetic epidemiology of eye disease
PhD fellows
Shifteh Abedian Digestive disease Methods in Pharmacogenetics
Azmeraw Amare Psychiatry/Public Health Genetics of major depression
Marzyeh Amini Mendelian Randomization in Genetic Epidemiology
Yldau van der Ende Cardiology New insights in (unrecognized) myocardial infarction
Atiqul Islam Psychiatry, GROUP Schizophrenia & statistical modeling
Chris Thio Nephrology, Health sciences Socio-Economic Status, Genetic predisposition and the risk of chronic kidney diseases
Leanne Küpers Lifestyle Medicine Early life environmend and childhood growth/overweight
Bram Prins Genetics Rare variants in common diseases
Peter v.d. Most Programmer Programming, statistical analyses
Arthur Sas MD-PhD student Healthy aging and longevity
Felix Tropf Sociology Is fertility in the genes?
Loretto Munoz Venegas Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Genetics of heart rate variability
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 Genetics of childnesless
Eliza Walaszczyk Epigenetics of type 2 diabetes
Bin Wang Beijing University, China genetic epidemiology and twin studies
Last modified:15 August 2017 3.38 p.m.