Birgitte Faas

Brigitte FaasBrigitte Faas studied medical biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen and performed her PhD study at the Sanquin laboratory in Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD degree in 1998, and her PhD research focussed on the noninvasive prenatal determination of the fetal Rhesus blood group genotypes. To this end, she not only studied the genetic background of the Rh antigens, but also studied the use of either fetal cells or fetal cell-free DNA in the maternal circulation for noninvasive prenatal testing.

In 1999, she started her training to become Clinical Laboratory Geneticist, which was finished in 2004. She is working at the Human Genetics department of the Radboudumc since 2001, and her main field of expertise is prenatal diagnosis. Within this field, she is involved in all state-of-the-art laboratory tests, such as karyotyping, QF-PCR, FISH, SNP array and noninvasive prenatal testing.

Brigitte is editor of the Genetics and Genomics section of the Prenatal Diagnosis journal, is chair of the Special Interest Group for laboratory techniques of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (ISPD) and involved in education activities of the ISPD, such as organizing preconference courses.

Our team

Our team consists of passionate and experienced people


Ms. Helger Yntema, PhD Head Genome Diagnostics, clinical laboratory geneticist
Marcel Nelen, PhD Deputy head Genome Diagnostics, Head team Core Genome Analysis Laboratory, clinical laboratory geneticist
Erik-Jan Kamsteeg, PhD Head team Muscular, Neurological, Renal & Sensory disorders, clinical laboratory geneticist
Dominique Smeets, PhD Head team Fertility & Pregnancy, clinical laboratory geneticist
Ms. Nicole de Leeuw, PhD Head team Intellectual Disability, Multiple Congenital Abnormalities & Endocrine disorders, clinical laboratory geneticist
Ms. Marjolijn Ligtenberg, PhD Head team Laboratory Tumor Genetics, associate professor Tumor Genetics, clinical laboratory geneticist
Lisenka Vissers, PhD Head team Translational Genomics, molecular geneticist
Hans Scheffer, PhD Associate professor clinical molecular genetics, clinical laboratory geneticist
Ms. Brigitte Faas, PhD Clinical laboratory geneticist
Rolph Pfundt, PhD Clinical laboratory geneticist
Ms. Marian Stevens-Kroef, PhD Clinical laboratory geneticist
Ms. Annet Simons, PhD Clinical laboratory geneticist
Arjen Mensenkamp, PhD Clinical laboratory geneticist
Ms. Daniel Olde Weghuis, PhD Clinical cytogeneticist
Ms. Tuula Rinne, PhD Clinical laboratory geneticist
Ms. Dorien Lugtenberg, PhD Clinical laboratory geneticist
Christian Gilissen, PhD Bioinformatician
Ms. Kornelia Neveling, PhD Molecular geneticist