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About us Medical Sciences Research Department of Genetics Staff
University Medical Center Groningen

All research staff

The research section comprises PhD students, postdocs and senior staff with backgrounds in genetics, molecular biology, statistical genetics, epidemiology and bioinformatics. It is a lively, international group with researchers and staff from Germany, UK, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Macedonia, Hungary, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Iran, Tanzania, India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, USA and of course, the Netherlands. See where we come from map

All staff can be reached at the following address: Dept. of Genetics, University Medical Center Groningen
P.O. Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, the Netherlands. Telephone +31 50 3617100, Fax +31 50 3617230, Email



Principal investigators

Prof. Nine Knoers, MD, PhD Head of Department

Prof. Richard Sinke, PhD

Head of Genome Diagnostics

Prof. Cisca Wijmenga, PhD

Lodewijk Sandkuil Professor of Human Genetics, Rector Magificus of the University of Groningen

Prof. Irene van Langen, MD, PhD

Head of Clinical Genetics section, Professor of Clinical Genetics

Prof. Rolf Sijmons, MD, PhD

Head of Development and Innovation section, Professor of Medical Translational Genetics

Prof. Conny van Ravenswaaij, MD, PhD Professor of Clinical Dysmorphology

Prof. Morris Swertz, PhD

Head of Genomics Coordination Center and MOLGENIS team, Professor of BioInformatics - ‘Biomedical BiG Data Science’

Prof. Lude Franke, PhD Professor of Functional Genomics
Prof. Jingyuan Fu, PhD Associate professor, Bioinformatics, VIDI grant holder
Prof. Alexandra (Sasha) Zhernakova, MD, PhD Professor of the Human Genome and Exposome, VIDI and ERC starting grant holder, Rosalind Franklin Fellow

Eva van der Berg, PhD

Associate professor, Cytogenetics

Vinod Kumar Magadi Gopalaiah, PhD Assistant professor, Complex diseases

Gerard te Meerman, PhD

Emeritus Associate professor, Mathematical genetics

Iris Jonkers, PhD Rosalind Franklin Fellow, VIDI grant holder

Prof. Dineke Verbeek, PhD

Rosalind Franklin Fellow, Associate professor, neurogenetics/SCA

Yvonne Vos, PhD

Clinical molecular geneticist

Jan Jongbloed, PhD

Clinical molecular geneticist

Mieke Kerstjens, MD, PhD

Clinical geneticist

Jan C. Oosterwijk, MD, PhD Clinical geneticist
Peter van den Akker, MD, PhD Clinical geneticist and research fellow, genetic skin disorders, head of DEB database

Birgit Sikkema-Raddatz, PhD

Researcher, Genome diagnostics, Development and Innovation section

Kristin Abbott, PhD

Researcher, Genome diagnostics,

Klaas Kok, PhD

Senior researcher

Hermien de Walle, PhD

Epidemiologist, Head of EUROCAT

Prof. Sebo Withoff, PhD Associate professor, Complex diseases
Serena Sanna, PhD Senior researcher in Wijmenga group, complex diseases
Cleo van Diemen, PhD Coordinator of Next-Generation Sequencing

Helga Westers, PhD

Teaching coordinator, Development and Innovation section

Tom de Koning, MD, PhD

Senior researcher, inborn errors of metabolism


Joeri van der Velde, PhD Postdoc Swertz group  (Genomics Coordination Center)
Patrick Deelen, PhD Postdoc Franke group and Swertz group (Genomics Coordination Center)
Lennart Johansson, PhD Postdoc and project manager Swertz group (Genomics Coordination Center)
Pieter Neerincx, PhD Postdoc and project manager Swertz group (Genomics Coordination Center)
Rudolf Fehrmann, PhD Bioinformatician/researcher in Franke group
Monique van der Wijst, PhD Researcher in Franke group

Alex Kurilshikov, PhD

Researcher in Zhernakova group
Eleanora (Noortje) Festen, MD, PhD Researcher in Wijmenga/Weersma group
Peter van den Akker, MD, PhD Clinical geneticist, researcher, head of DEB database
Paul van der Zwaag, MD, PhD Clinical geneticist, researcher

PhD students

Chantal Deden

Sinke group

Adriaan van der Graaf

Wijmenga group
Maria Zorro Manrique Wijmenga group
Aaron Ramirez Sanchez Wijmenga group
Roeland Broekema Wijmenga/Jonkers group
Annique Claringbould Franke group
Niek de Klein Franke group
Dylan de Vries Franke group
Mohamed Alimohamed Sijmons group
Miaozhen Huang Verbeek group
Julia el Mecky Van Langen group
Tanya Halbersma Van Langen group
Juliette Schuurmans Van Langen group
Aafke Engwerda MD-PhD student in Van Ravenswaaij group
Christa de Geus Van Ravenswaaij group
Dieuwertje Dijk Van Ravenswaaij group

Research Technicians

Jan Osinga

Head of research lab

Mathieu Platteel Manager of lab data production unit

Ludolf Boven

Technician and webmaster

Michiel Fokkens

Research technician

Astrid Maatman Research technician

Bianca van Rijkom

Research technician

Rutger Modderman Research technician

Genome Analysis Facility

Prof. R.H. Sijmons, Head of Development and Innovation section

Facility manager, Email

Cleo van Diemen Coordinator of Next-Generation Sequencing service

Jelkje Bergsma


Scientific editors

Kate Mc Intyre, PhD Editor and webmaster

Laatst gewijzigd:10 februari 2021 13:41