Jan Verheijen


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Language & Genetics department. My current project focusses on the genetic basis of synaesthesia. Synaesthesia is a neurodevelopmental trait in which perceptual stimuli give rise to sensations in other sensory modalities, often described as a mixing of the senses. We make use of pedigree-based cohorts for identification of segregating rare genetic variants, and perform genome-wide variant analysis in a large case-control cohort of unrelated synaesthetes and control individuals.

Prior to my position at the Max Planck Institute I worked as postdoctoral researcher at the department of Clinical Genomics at the Center of Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA. I completed my Ph.D training in 2017 at the VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology in Antwerp, Belgium. During my PhD I investigated the genetic epidemiology of Alzheimer disease and the mechanisms through which functional genetic variants affect disease susceptibility.

Researcher ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0481-9649

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