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Researcher

V.J.M. (Virginie) Verhoeven, MD, PhD

Resident clinical genetics / Postdoc ophthalmogenetics

Resident clinical genetics / Postdoc ophthalmogenetics

  • Department
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Focus area
  • Ophthalmogenetics
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About

Introduction

After I obtained my medical degree at the University of Utrecht I was affiliated at the renowned Singapore Eye Research Institute, where I worked on gene-environment interactions in myopia development. I took my doctor's degree cum laude on genetic and epidemiologic studies on myopia.

Since 2014, I am working as a resident in Clinical Genetics and as a post-doc ophthalmogenetics in the group of prof. dr. Caroline Klaver. Now I am also focusing on Mendelian eye diseases, e.g. IRDs and congenital eye anomalies microphthalmia / anophtalmia / coloboma. In 2016 I received an NWO Veni grant for genetic studies on high myopia.  

Education and career

I obtained my medical degree in 2008. In 2015, I obtained my PhD (cum laude, dept. Epidemiology and Ophthalmology) in the group of prof. dr. Caroline Klaver on genetic and epidemiologic studies on myopia. During my PhD researh period, I was affiliated at the renowned Singapore Eye Research Institute, where I worked on gene-environment interactions in myopia development.

Since 2014, I work as a resident in Clinical Genetics and as a post-doc ophthalmogenetics in the group of prof. dr. Caroline Klaver. I now also focus on Mendelian eye diseases, e.g. IRDs and congenital eye anomalies microphthalmia / anophtalmia / coloboma). In 2016 I received an NWO Veni grant for genetic studies on high myopia.

Publications

  • Tedja & Verhoeven et al. Large genome-wide meta-analysis highlights light-induced signaling as a driver for refractive error. Nat Genet 2018 [in press].
  • Fan & Verhoeven et al. Meta-analysis of gene-environment-wide association scans accounting for education level identifies additional loci for refractive error. Nat Commun 2016.
  • Verhoeven et al. Education influences the role of genetics in myopia. Eur J Epidemiol 2013.
  • Verhoeven et al. Genome-wide meta-analyses of multiancestry cohorts identify multiple new susceptibility loci for refractive error and myopia. Nat Genet 2013.
  • Solouki & Verhoeven et al, A genome-wide association study identifies a susceptibility locus for refractive errors and myopia at 15q14. Nat Genet 2010.