Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    MSc. Medical Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 1996
    MSc. Clinical Psychology (with honours), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 1996
    MSc. Psychonomics (with honours), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 1996 – 2002
    Fixed term PhD student, Dept of Biological Psychology, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands (0.8 fte from 1998 – 2002)

  • 2002
    PhD Psychology (Cum Laude), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2002 – 2003
    Post doc, fixed term, Department of Biological Psychology, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2003 – 2006
    Assistant Professor, tenured, Department of Biological Psychology, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2006 – 2010
    Associate Professor, tenured, Department of Biological Psychology, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 2010 – 2011
    Associate Professor, tenured, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, section Functional Genomics, VU, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Since 2008
    Associate Professor, tenured, Department of Clinical Genetics, section Medical Genomics, VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Since 2011
    Associate Professor, tenured, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Since 2011
    Full Professor, tenured, Fenna Diemer Lindeboom chair – Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, section Functional Genomics, VU, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Selected publications

  • Rietveld et al. GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment. Science. 2013 Jun 21;340(6139):1467-71.

  • Lips ES, Cornelisse LN, Toonen RF, Min JL, Hultman CM; International Schizophrenia Consortium, Holmans PA, O'Donovan MC, Purcell SM, Smit AB, Verhage M, Sullivan PF, Visscher PM, Posthuma D. Functional gene group analysis identifies synaptic gene groups as risk factor for schizophrenia. Mol Psychiatry. 2012 Oct;17(10):996-1006.

  • Psychiatric Genetics Consortium. Genome-Wide Association Study of Schizophrenia Identifies Five Novel Loci. Nat Genet, 2011, 43(10):969-976.

  • Ruano D, Abecasis GR, Glaser B, Lips ES, de Jong APH, Evans DM, Davey Smith G, Timpson NJ, Smit AB, Heutink P, Verhage M, Posthuma D. Functional gene-group analysis reveals a role of synaptic heterotrimeric G-proteins in cognitive ability. Am J Hum Genet, 2010;86(2):113-25.

  • Sullivan PF, et al Genomewide Association for Major Depressive Disorder: A possible role for the presynaptic protein Piccolo. Mol Psychiat. 2009;14(4):359-75.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Genetics – Statistical Genetics and Methodology, since 2011

  • Member of the granting and evaluation committee ZonMW TOP grants – NWO (Netherlands Scientific Organization), since 2010

  • Co-chair (together with Prof M de Gunst) of Integrative Analysis and Modeling platform of Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, since 2008

  • Member University Evaluation Committee, selected and installed by the Rector Magnificus, advisory board to VU Executive Board, since 2008

  • Scientific Director Genetic Cluster Computer ( http://www.geneticcluster.org ), since 2006

  • Associate Editor, Behavior Genetics, since 2006

  • Editorial board member, Twin Research-Human Genetics, since 2005

  • Member Research School Accreditation committee (ECOS), Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), 2008 – 2010

  • Member of the Board of Research and Ethics Faculty of Psychology and Education, VU Amsterdam, 2006 – 2010

  • Board member Granting Committee Program Cognition NWO (Netherlands Scientific Organization), 2005 – 2010

  • Chairman Curriculum Committee (Onderwijscommissie), Master of Neuroscience, 2008 – 2010

  • Guest Editor Biological Psychology, 2008

  • Board Member of the Executive committee of the international Behavioral Genetics Association, 2006 – 2009

  • Member of the preliminary foresight committee (voor-verkenningscommissie) Cognitive Science of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), 2006

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Aware, a bi-monthly Dutch popular Science Magazine, 2006 – 2007

  • Guest Editor Behavior Genetics, 2005 – 2006

  • Member of the Granting Committee for Large Research Facilities at the Faculty of Psychology and Education, VU Amsterdam, 2005 – 2006

  • Board Member Curriculum Committee (Onderwijscommissie), Master of Neuroscience, 2004 – 2007

  • Board member Curriculum and Mobility Committee, GenomEUtwin, FP6 EU project, 2004 – 2006

  • Board Member Curriculum Committee (Onderwijscommissie), EPOS Research School, 1997 – 1998

Media coverage

  • Interview about "10 misconceptions on intelligence" for Popular Science Magazine "Natuur en Techniek", 2013

  • Interview and discussion about medical genetics in the year 2030, VUMC, 27/11/2012

  • Quest magazine: video on Genetic testing in 2030, 2012

  • Trouw: supplement on the year 2030, one page interview (2/11/2012)

  • Interview for Dutch Documentary on genetics of High IQ and the BGI IQ project. http://annevankessel.nl/annevankessel/hersenen-en-gedrag/ik-denk-dus-ik-ben/, 2012

  • TV-show – "De Wereld Draait Door", 19-01-2011, on the National IQ Test

  • NCRV TvGids Pavlov, Nov. 2010

  • TV, Teleac Scienceflash 19-08-2010, on ScienceLive Project in Science Center Nemo

  • National newspaper Het Parool, 07-08-2010, Interview, ScienceLive Project Science Center Nemo

  • Kennislink, 04-08-2010, on ScienceLive Project in Science Center Nemo

  • National Newspaper Spits, 06-08-2010, on Genes and Intellgence

  • Radio 1 "De praktijk", 13-08-2010, on ScienceLive Project in Science Center Nemo

  • Radio interview "extra edition" Amsterdam Radio on Intelligence and Genes, August 5, 2010

  • Interview national newspaper Volkskrant "de Verdieping" on Freedom. April 2010

  • Interview for Dutch book Wat Cognitiewetenschappers bezielt? (What drives cognition scientists?) onder redactie van P Hagoort en J van Benthem, The Netherlands Scientific Organisation (NWO), The Hague

  • Panel member opening Darwin year at Radio 1, "Hoe?zo!" January 3, 2009

  • Popular Magazine VIVA, on succesfull Dutch women, category "smart", 2009

  • Popular Magazine VIVA, on succesfull Dutch women, category "smart", 2008

  • Interview with Bruce Bower from Science News on Breastfeeding and IQ, 2007

  • Invited speaker at Life-discussion table, September 16 on Heritability and success. Amsterdam, Discovery?06 event, 2006

  • Research discussed in Matt Ridley's popular science book Nature via Nurture, 2003

  • Interview for ScienceNews article, feb 8 on Essence of g: scientists search for the biology of smarts – general factor used to determine intelligence level, 2003

  • Frontpage National Newspaper Volkskrant, 2002

  • Article on heritability of intelligence in "Natuur en Techniek", 2002

  • SBS 6 – 8'o clock news, June 2002

  • Provided various interviews for a.o. Radio Wereldomroep, Radio Noord Holland, Parool, Gooi- en Eemlander, Talent; 2002

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