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Prof. Dr. Rolf Sijmons

Prof. Dr. Rolf Sijmons
Prof. Dr. Rolf Sijmons

Name: Rolf Sijmons

Nationality: Dutch

Qualifications: MD, PhD and board certified clinical geneticist. Professor of Medical Translational Genetics

What you’ll teach at University College Groningen: Genetics, with emphasis on health-related issues

Rolf Sijmons has studied medicine at the University of Groningen. He trained in clinical genetics at the University Medical Center Groningen and has been a staff member at its department of Genetics since 1993. He obtained his PhD in 1999 in the field of cancer genetics and headed the familial cancer clinic as associate professor. In 2012 he was appointed full professor of medical translational genetics and now heads the department’s Development & Innovation section. He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and active member of a range of collaborative groups, including the Human Variome Project.


Rolf Sijmons leads the Genetic department’s familial cancer research group and is involved in many national and international collaborative studies in the field of genetic predisposition to cancer. His other research topics include gene variant interpretation and the translation of new genetic techniques and knowledge into clinical practice.

Personal Information:

My favourite food… The list is much too long to be shown here

My favourite thing about Groningen is… Its academic nature, culture and green environment

My favourite place in the world is... A secret spot in Canada (which I will keep secret)

My biggest achievement is... Probably being a dad

When I’m not working I’m... Playing the drums or bass guitar

My inspiration rests on reading Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, making jazz music and talking to uncommon people

Contact Information:


Phone: 0031 50 361 7100

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Laatst gewijzigd:13 mei 2014 14:37