Terry Vrijenhoek PhD

Program manager, UMCU, Center of genome diagnostics

vrijenhoek_t_smallL’ADN fait n’importe quoi (DNA does whatever). That was the opening statement of the thesis of Terry Vrijenhoek. It refers both to the unpredictable way in which our DNA acts, and to the unlimited possibilities it has for patient diagnostics and patient care. Terry currently coordinates the Centre for Genome Diagnostics, of which the main objective is to come to national guidelines and standards of care for the implementation of next-generation DNA sequencing into routine patient diagnostics. Terry obtained his Ph.D. on the genetic background of schizophrenia at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), the Netherlands. He obtained his M.Sc. in animal genetics at Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR).

Terry aims to bridge the gap between research and science policy. He has been largely involved in networking and career development for young scientists. As chairman of the Genomics Network for Young Scientists (GeNeYouS) he has contributed to the development of a platform for young life scientists. Together with 15 other young scientists he now co-authors SciencePalooza, a popular science blog which is also regularly published in other media, such as newspapers and popular science journals. 

Terry Vrijenhoek participated in the networking day of the PCDI Postdoc Retreat Life Sciences 2011, 2012 and 2013.