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University Medical Center Groningen

Section Molecular Genetics

The Section Molecular Genetics is interested in understanding the etiology of various complex diseases, with a specific focus on cardiovascular disease, obesity-related metabolic diseases, cancer, and ageing. Our section aims to develop translational research between humans and mice to provide deeper insights into the complex mechanism of these diseases in humans. We perform human studies using population- and family-based designs and generate mouse models using embryonic stem cell targeting approaches and CRISPR/Cas9 technology. These models are characterized using molecular, biochemical, histological and cellular biology techniques, proteomics, single cell genomics, and bioinformatics. The observations in mice are translated into humans using e.g. genetic validation studies.

Our research topics include:

  • regulation of intracellular trafficking of receptors involved in cholesterol and lipid homeostasis
  • genetics of human dyslipidemias (family as well as epidemiological studies)
  • role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • molecular mechanisms driving atherosclerosis and atherosclerotic plaque stability
  • role of chronic inflammation in the etiology of cardio-metabolic disease and ageing
  • microbiome-related studies in mice and man exploring the role of gut microbiota and the effect of diet and medications in health and disease
  • role of polyploidy in cancer formation in liver
  • role and regulation of tumor suppressor genes as novel targets to suppress cancer.

Principal investigators :

  • Dr. D.P.Y. (Debby) Koonen
  • Prof. J.A. (Jan Albert) Kuivenhoven
  • Prof. A.J.A. (Bart) van de Sluis
  • Dr. M. (Marit) Westerterp
  • Prof. J. (Jingyuan) Fu
  • Prof. A. (Alain) de Bruin
  • Prof. J.M. (Jan) van Deursen
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