Danielle Posthuma

Full Professor
Head of Department

Prof. dr. Danielle Posthuma is statistical geneticist at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VU), Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam. She studied clinical and biological psychology and medical anthropology, and graduated cum laude in 2002 at the VU University Amsterdam. After obtaining an NWO VIDI grant in 2005 she conducted research on the interplay between genes and behavior in the context of cognitive functioning. In the same year she became a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2006 she received the Aspasia grant from NWO and the Scott Fuller Memorial Award from the International Behavior Genetics Association, for early career outstanding scientific achievements. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 she was elected as one of the 400 most successful women under the age of 38 in the Netherlands. In 2014 she received an NWO VICI grant for her research into the genetic causes of psychiatric disorders. She is a member of the board of the iPScenter Netherlands, which aims to detect biological mechanisms of brain diseases using pluripotent cells.
She is director of the Genetic Cluster Computer hosted by SurfSARA, which serves as a central storage and data center of a large number of national and international genetic studies. As head of the Department of Complex Trait Genetics at the VU and VUMC, she focuses on developing novel methods that aid in detecting genes for brain diseases. Her main research focus lies on identifying genetic pathways for brain disorders, and psychiatric disorders in particular. She has co-authored > 150 papers in scientific journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Nature Genetics.

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Inaugural lecture (18-11-11)

Contact info


Dept Complex Trait Genetics, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) &
Dept Clinical Genetics, VUMC
W&N building
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam

Telephone:+31 20 598 2823