Dr. Niek Verweij

Senior Scientist

An internationally oriented computational biologist who passionately combines his computer skills with a profound background in pharmacy, genomics, and affinity for statistics to drive new discoveries in the realm of human biology, disease and epidemiology.

I have a background in Pharmacy (Msc/Bsc) and completed my PhD in cardiovascular genetics (cum laude/ highest distinction) in Groningen, the Netherlands after which I was a Post-doc at the Broad institute, Massachusetts general hospital and MIT.

During the last 7 years, I have initiated and finished several research projects, all related to one central objective: identifying genetic variants that influence endophenotypes of cardiovascular disease with special interest for electrocardiographic traits that reflect cardiac conduction, myocardial-mass and myocardial-repolarization. I complemented genetic associations by establishing biological mechanisms underlying the association using experimental work and computational biology approaches. As part of (inter) national consortia and groups I was responsible for the genetic analyses setting up analysis pipelines as part of the core team providing bioinformatics support, and drafting manuscripts. This resulted in several shared–first author publications in high tier journals Nature and Nature Genetics reporting on new insights into human biology and potential new drug targets.

In my spare time I enjoy music concerts, speed-skating, sailing, traveling and making music.