Zeynep – University of Copenhagen

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Human Genome Variation – A key cornerstone of precision medicine

Zeynep Tümer

Dr. med., PhD

Kennedy Center, Department of Clinical Genetics
Blegdamsvej 3
DK-2200 Copenhagen

Zeynep Tümer, MD, PhD, DMSc has been working on understanding the role of human genome variations in genetic disorders and application of the research results in clinical diagnosis since 1990.

During 2008-2016 she has been research professor and head of research and development at the Kennedy Centre, a previous national research institution for genetics and visual and mental handicap.

During 1996-2008 she has been working as assistant and associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, where she also functioned as vice director of Wilhelm Johannsen Centre for Functional Genome Research (2001-2008). This center was established under leadership of Prof. Niels Tommerup (Director) supported by the Danish National Research Foundation.

Zeynep Tümer has been active member of several EU collaborations: COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - Research Fellowship Programme on Imprinting disorders and on the neurobiological disorder, Tourette syndrome. She is currently a board member of the European Society of Human Genetics.

Her main research focus is to investigate the different types of variations occurring in the human genome (e.g. simple and complex chromosome rearrangements, copy number variations and single nucleotide polymorphisms); and to understand their impact on the pathogenesis of genetic disorders including developmental brain disorders and neuropsychiatric diseases. Recently, her research interests are expanded to elucidate other risk factors involved in disease etiology: epigenetic variations and the gut microbiome.