Paul de Bakker is professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics at the University Medical Center Utrecht. He leads a research group of three postdocs and seven PhD students studying the genetic basis of common complex diseases. The main focus of his group is the characterization of DNA sequence variation in human populations (e.g., the Genome of the Netherlands Project) and the development of statistical methods to detect and fine-map disease genes.
His lab is also actively engaged in various collaborative genetic association studies, including ischemic stroke (NINDS-funded SiGN Study), electrocardiographic traits (e.g., QT duration), autoimmune disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis) and infectious disease (HIV control).
He is member of the Scientific Planning Committee of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG), Steering Committee of the Biobanking and Biomolecular Research Infrastructure (BBMRI)-NL, and Scientific Board member of the LifeLines Cohort Study (a prospective population based cohort of >165,000 individuals).