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Assistant Professor Sander Waldamar van der Laan

University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht (Netherlands (The))

I am an assistant professor in the Central Diagnostics Laboratory which is part of the Circulatory Health Program at the University Medical Center Utrecht and University of Utrecht and work with professor dr. Folkert W. Asselbergs and professor dr. Gerard Pasterkamp. My research interest is focused on the genetic and epigenetic causes of carotid and coronary atherosclerosis underlying ischemic stroke (IS) and coronary artery disease (CAD), and their intermediate traits such as carotid intima media thickness (cIMT) and arterial calcification. Large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of genetic loci robustly associated to these diseases and traits. With my work I ultimately aim to move from GWAS loci to novel therapeutic targets and (surrogate) biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases through extensive in silico, and in vitro modelling. As a means to this end, I am currently working on integrating Bayesian fine-mapping methodology, co-localisation, causa

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