Helger Yntema

Helger Yntema Helger Yntema is head of the Division Genome Diagnostics, one of the three Divisions within the Department of Human Genetics of Radboud university medical center.

The laboratory currently has over 130 co-workers. The Division Genome Diagnostics consists of 6 teams:

  • Fertility and Pregnancy
  • Intellectual Disability, Multiple Congenital Abnormalities & Endocrine disorders​
  • Muscular, Neurological, Renal & Sensory disorders
  • Tumor genetics
  • Core Genome Analysis Laboratory
  • Translational genomics​

Helger Yntema is experienced in genetic testing of a wide variety of disorders, but has mainly focused on diagnostics and research on intellectual disability, Noonan syndrome and sensory disorders. She has been involved in the implementation of Exome Sequencing in the diagnostic setting and she is actively involved in the (national and European) ethics discussion on the risks of Next Generation Sequencing.


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