Next-generation medical research
The Research Section of the Department of Medical Genetics is at the forefront of health research. It performs research in the field of human genetics, including bioinformatics, biostatistics, genome-wide association studies and next-generation sequencing technology
. The group is looking for the genetic factors in orphan diseases and complex multifactorial diseases, particularly epilepsy, schizophrenia and cancer. Technology
The labs have state-of-the-art equipment and the group is developing sequencing, microarray and SNP techniques for genetic/genomic research. An integrated database (called GIDS) of patient and genetic information is being compiled.Impact on society
The research coming out of this section has significant impact on the diagnosis of genetic disorders, treatment of cancer and prevention of complex diseases. Many will benefit from the outcomes of our research.
The Research Section is part of the Department of Medical Genetics
(in Dutch).For students
The research section yearly welcomes around ten students, mainly academic, but also some motivated HBO/HLO students, for internships lasting 5 or more months. In addition, some students stay for shorter periods of time. Students come from Biomedical studies, Medical studies, Informatics, University College and occasionally other directions. The students are involved in projects currently running in our lab and perform laboratory work, data analysis and/or bioinformatics including programming. For the kind of research questions we are working on and the technologies we are using, please check the ‘research tab’.
If you are looking for an internship, please contact the student coordinator Dr Carolien de Kovel
to discuss the possibilities. Please mention when you would like to come and what kind of education you are attending. Testimonial Annique Claringbould:
'Next to offering a stimulating work environment, the atmosphere at the lab is also great. The people are very welcoming and social, and as a student you are involved in (almost) all activities organized.'