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University Medical Center Groningen

Dineke Verbeek, PhD

Rosalind Franklin Fellow, Associate professor
Prof. Dineke Verbeek
Prof. Dineke Verbeek

MSc in Medical Biology, University of Utrecht, 2000
PhD thesis: The localization and identification of novel SCA genes in the Dutch autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia population, Utrecht University, 2005


  • January 2021: Appointed adjunct director of the MSc Biomedical Sciences
  • June 2018: First Dutch Ataxia Symposium (poster) This one-day meeting at the UMCG brought together ataxia scientists to strengthen national collaborations, raise the profile of ataxia research in the Netherlands and develop opportunities for young scientists to pursue a career in ataxia research. It was be the first of what is to become a yearly meeting.
  • Jan 2017: Appointed associate professor

See all my papers in PubMed or in Google Scholar
Phone: + 31 (0)6 52724553

Keywords: Brain disorders, genetics, neuroscience, neurodegeneration, cell biology and molecular biology

Dineke Verbeek received a MSc in Medical Biology (2002) and a PhD in Neurogenetics (2005) from the University of Utrecht. In 2004, she joined the Neurogenetics Branch of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA via a predoctoral fellowship award. The following year, she joined the Department of Medical Biology of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Since 2008, she has been at the Department of Genetics of the University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, where she is the coordinator of the Education & Research section, an Associate professor (tenure track) and a Rosalind Franklin Fellow. She is also a member of the Movement Disorders Groningen expertise center.

Dineke’s research centers on functional neurogenetics, with a focus on rare movement disorders. Her group aims to understand the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie rare movement disorders, including ataxia, dystonia and familial Parkinson’s disease. With this work, she seeks to contribute to improvements in current genetic diagnostics and ultimately to the development of therapies for these as of yet incurable diseases. Currently, the Verbeek group comprises 6 PhD students.

Within the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dineke is currently the coordinator for a 6-week MSc course on Experimental Techniques in Research and a PhD course on Managing your PhD, as well as lecturing in several other courses. Additionally, she is the (scientific) mentor of BSc medical students, MMIT MSc students and PhD students. She has been a member of the Educational Committee of the MSc of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Science & Engineering for several years and has participated in a number of steering committees to improve current education. Since 2019, she is also chairman of the Medical Public Academy of the UMCG.

3 key publications

(for all publications see Pubmed: Verbeek DS)

Recent publications

Prinses Beatrix fund
Prinses Beatrix fund
NutsOhra fund
NutsOhra fund
Dutch Brain Foundation
Dutch Brain Foundation

E-RARE 2012

Dineke was awarded a grant by E-RARE for work on SCA-3.
"Dineke Verbeek heeft eveneens E-Rare financiering in de wacht gesleept. Haar project richt zich op een vorm van spinocerebellaire ataxie (SCA): de ziekte van Machado-Joseph (SCA-3). SCA tast de kleine hersenen aan en SCA-3 is van de 37 varianten de meest voorkomende, vertelt de onderzoekster. In Nederland gaat het om honderd tot hondervijftig patiënten." (See full article "Handen ineen voor onderzoek naar zeldzame ziekten", in Dutch)

Like to join my group?

We are always interested in enthusiastic and well-motivated MSc students looking for an internship of 5-6 months. Please enquire about the possibilities. We have opportunities for a postdoc position if you can gain a Marie Curie or EMBO fellowship to cover your own salary. P lease email me.

Last modified:15 January 2021 3.13 p.m.