Zeli Chen

PhD student
Team Member

Short CV

2023 – present PhD student Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2021 – 2022 PhD student Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2018 – 2021 M.Sc Brain and Cognitive Sciences Universiteit van Amsterdam
2014 – 2018 B.Sc Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology University of Padua, Italy
2009 – 2014 BA Italian Literature Beijing Foreign Studies, University China


My Ph.D project aims to find the genetics factors underlying alcohol abuse and its potential links with other psychiatric disorders. We combine statistical genetics with bioinformatic tools to uncover biological pathways that leads to individuals differences in heritability of addiction.

Highlighted publications

Pasman JA*, Chen Z *, Smit DJA, Vink JM, Van Den Oever MC, Pattij T, De Vries TJ, Abdellaoui Aφ, Verweij KJHφ (*shared first author, φ shared last author). The CADM2 Gene and Behavior: A Phenome-Wide Scan in UK-Biobank. Behav Genet. 2022 Sep;52(4-5):306-314. doi: 10.1007/s10519-022-10109-8. Epub 2022 Jul 22. PMID: 35867259; PMCID: PMC9463269.

Contact info


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
Department of Complex Trait Genetics
W&N building, Room B-628
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands


+31 20 598 19 00