LUMC Research themes

Medical Genomics

The Medical Genomics theme supports, connects, and inspires LUMC researchers who study human health and disease through the lens of the genome.

Vision and mission

Medical Genomics aspires to understand the genomic bases of disease and spur on personalised therapies by applying and integrating genomic and other forms of data. This includes functional genomics, genome structure, genome-scale population genetics, epigenomics, proteomics, systems analysis, pharmacogenomics, and high-resolution phenotyping. The theme covers the full innovation pipeline from fundamental to translational, as well as from translational to clinical research. By fostering a stimulating Medical Genomics community, the theme will further advance the LUMC’s national and international position within the field.

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed”- Attributed to Charles Darwin

About us

Bas Heijmans, Scientific Coordinator and Professor of Population Epigenomics

Bas Heijmans is a Scientific Coordinator and a Professor of Population Epigenomics in the Department of Biomedical Data Sciences. “It is my drive to understand how the regulation of our genome is tuned by both environmental signals and genetic make-up, and the impact this process has on our health throughout life. To this end, my group integrates interconnected omics layers (for example, genome, epigenome, transcriptome) in population studies, develops methods and software tools, and applies causal inference methods and cell models to uncover causal mechanisms.”

Sylvie Noordermeer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics and Oncode group leader

“I have always been intrigued why a healthy cell all of a sudden turns malignant. My group studies the (genetic) differences between healthy and cancerous cells and how genetic mistakes driving cancer can go unnoticed to the DNA damage repair mechanisms that should be in place to prevent tumorigenesis. For this, we combine a wide variety of approaches, including biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and clinical data mining.”


Gijs Santen, Clinical Geneticist in the Department of Clinical Genetics

“My inspiration flows from the patients I see and the questions they have: it is a joy to continuously work on improving our ability to diagnose rare diseases, increasing the information we can give patients, and starting the search for treatment options. My group focuses on Coffin-Siris syndrome as a model for rare disorders, and on broadening the application and increasing the impact of extensive genetic testing, for example, during pregnancy.”



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Research collaborations and alliances


For Businesses

Research groups collaborating in the Medical Genomics themes for innovation have a strong track-record of producing tangible output in public-private partnerships. Please, reach out so that we can link you to one of our top researchers with the right expertise to answer your question.

For PhDs and Postdocs

Medical Genomics provides a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment with state-of-the-art facilities to maximally capitalise on your potential and, not to forget, to enjoy doing science with international colleagues. We provide a range of activities tailored to young researchers, including advanced courses in our graduate school, and ample opportunities to interact with fellow researchers by presenting your data followed by drinks. We are also keen to support national and international early-career researchers to obtain grants and perform their innovative research at the LUMC.

For students

Students interested in an internship within Medical Genomics can contact the various departments involved in the theme. If you apply for an internship, it is important that you provide a CV and that you demonstrate interest towards a specific research topic and research group. Given the number of requests, generic applications may remain without response.



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Medical Genomics encompasses 8 sub-themes that highlight key focus areas of LUMC research. Each sub-theme connects the cutting-edge knowledge of multiple research groups led by internationally recognized principal investigators. Medical Genomics research is inherently multidisciplinary. Hence, innovation is virtually always the result of combining concepts, methods and approaches that cut across sub-themes.

Our sub-themes

Genomic Therapeutics (ambassador: Willeke van Roon-Mom)
Pharmacogenomics (ambassador: Jesse Swen)
Single-cell Genomics (ambassador: Ahmed Mahfouz)
Tumor Genomics (ambassador: Danielle Cohen)
Clinical Genetics (ambassador: Gijs Santen)
Functional Genomics (ambassador: Sylvie Noordermeer)
Epigenomics (ambassador: Silvère van der Maarel)
Population Genomics (ambassador: Bas Heijmans)