Mats Nagel

Postdoctoral researcher
Team Member

Short CV

2019 - presentPostdoctoral researcherVU University, CTG Lab
2014 - 2019PhD candidateVU University, CTG Lab
2012 - 2013Teaching assistantUniversity of Amsterdam
2010 - 2012MSc Psychological MethodsUniversity of Amsterdam
2006 - 2010BSc PsychologyUniversity of Amsterdam


Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have boosted the gene-finding enterprise, and made important contributions to medicine and pharmaceutics. However, for psychiatric traits results are still limited. First, for some traits only few genetic variants have been identified. Second, even when the number of associated variants is substantial, these typically explain only a small portion of the phenotypic variance. Third, underlying biological mechanisms have to not been uncovered.

The focus of my work is twofold; on the one hand I aim to reduce the complexity of the traits by studying the genetics of symptoms rather than the overarching trait. On the other hand, I aim to investigate the overlap between different traits. Both approaches have the potential to improve our biological understanding, by improving specificity of the genetic signal.

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Contact info


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
Department of Complex Trait Genetics
W&N building, Room B-631
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands


+31 20 598 75 74