Danielle Posthuma, PhD

Danielle Posthuma is a full Professor and Head of the Department of Complex Trait Genetics at the VU University Amsterdam and Amsterdam University Medical Centre, where she leads a group of 30 researchers from diverse fields, including statistics, stem cell biology, and bioinformatics. Prof Posthuma’s work focuses on developing novel methods that aid in detecting genes for brain diseases, interpreting these findings in biological context and generating mechanistic hypotheses that can be tested in functional experiments. She has recently led several large scale genome-wide association studies for Alzheimer’s Disease, intelligence, insomnia and neuroticism, and is the lead author on innovative tools such as MAGMA (for gene-set analyses) and FUMA (for postGWAS annotation). She has authored > 250 papers in scientific journals including Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Nature Genetics.

Prof Posthuma co-chairs the Alzheimer’s Disease Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC).