Iris Jansen

Postdoctoral researcher
Team Member

Short CV

Research experience

May 2016 – nowPostdocComplex Trait Genetics Lab, VU University& Alzheimer center, VUmc, Amsterdam
Feb 2012 – Jan 2016PhD studentGerman Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tübingen (Germany)
Feb 2011 – Sep 201Visiting studentNational Institute of Aging, NIH, Bethesda (United States)
Feb 2010 – June 2010Visiting studentDepartment of Medical Genomics, VUmc, Amsterdam


Sep 2010 – Sep 2011Honors exchange programVU University. In collaboration with Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Sep 2009 – Jan 2012Master of Neurosciences (cum laude)VU University, Amsterdam
Sep 2005 – Aug 2009Bachelor in Biological PsychologyVU University, Amsterdam


My current research interest focuses on the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Although this neurodegenerative disease has been subjected to a large amount of genetic studies, still only a small proportion of the heritability can be explained by the associated loci and genes. We therefore aim to identify novel genetic factors contributing to AD pathogenesis. Also being part of the research group of the Alzheimer center (VUmc), led by Wiesje van der Flier, enables me to analyze large-scaled genome-wide analysis data including over 30,000 AD cases and more than 40,000 controls. Ultimately, the identification of undiscovered underlying genetic mechanisms will improve our understanding of biological processes contributing to AD development.

Contact info


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
Department of Complex Trait Genetics
W&N building, Room B-644
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands


+31 20 598 57 37