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Research Department of Genetics Staff
University Medical Center Groningen

Nine V.A.M. Knoers, MD, PhD

Head of Dept. of Genetics, UMCG
Prof. Nine Knoers
Prof. Nine Knoers

MD: Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1986
PhD: Catholic University of Nijmegen, 1990 (cum laude)
Specialism: Trained and certified as a clinical geneticist at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen
Honorary member of the Dutch Society of Clinical Genetics (VKGN)


Publications: PubMed

Nine Knoers was appointed assistant professor (1994), associate professor (1999) and then full professor (2003) in Nijmegen. From 2011–2018, she was a full professor at Utrecht University and head of the Department of Medical Genetics at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). Since February 2018 she has become a full professor at the University of Groningen and head of the Department of Genetics at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG).

She was chair of the Dutch Society of Clinical Genetics from 2007–2015 and a Member of the Dutch Health Council from 2008–2018. In 2017, she was made an honorary member of the Dutch Society of Clinical Genetics, in recognition of her major contributions to clinical genetics and to the professionalization of the society.

Her research focuses on identifying genes for inherited renal disorders and their patho­physiology. The ultimate aim of her studies is to find clues for new treatments for these disorders. Over many years, her team has substantially contributed to the elucidation of genes involved in hereditary kidney diseases, including the V2R and AQP2 genes for nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, and genes involved in renal hypomagnesemia, syndromic nephron­ophthisis, and CAKUT.

Professor Knoers has an extensive national and international network, is a member of several European consortia working on genetic renal disorders (EUNEFRON, EURenOmics, ERKNet), and coordinates the Dutch Scientific Consortium on renal ciliopathies “Kouncil”.

She was awarded the Donald Seldin Lectureship of the International Society of Nephrology (World Congress Nephrology 2013, Hong Kong), in recognition of her major contribution to the basic science related to nephrology. Since 2014, she has been editor of the international scientific journal Nephron.

Scientific output

  • >250 peer-reviewed international publications
  • 26 chapters in books
  • >150 invited lectures (last 10 years)
  • H-index 57 (Scopus May 2018)


Postal address: Dept. of Genetics CB50, UMCG, PO Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, the Netherlands
Visiting address: A. van Deusinglaan 1 (Medical faculty building), 5th floor, 9713 AV Groningen

Tel. +31 50 3617100

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