Iris Jansen

Postdoctoral researcher

Short CV

Research experience

  • May 2016 – now: Postdoc at the Complex Trait Genetics Lab, CNCR, VU University, Amsterdam & the Alzheimer center, VUmc, Amsterdam.
  • Feb 2012 – Jan 2016: PhD student at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tübingen (Germany).
  • Feb 2011 – Sep 2011: Visiting student at the National Institute of Aging, NIH, Bethesda (United States).
  • Feb 2010 – June 2010: Visiting student at the Department of Medical Genomics, VUmc, Amsterdam.


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

Research Focus

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


VU - Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research
Dept Complex Trait Genetics
W&N building, room B651
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam


+31 20 598 28 32