Dr. Geert J.V. Poelmans, M.D./Ph.D., Founder and Director
In September 1994, Geert Poelmans (1976) started studying medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, where he graduated with the University Degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in June 2002. From August 2002 until January 2009, he pursued a number of clinical training and staff level positions in Clinical Genetics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry in The Netherlands (Maastricht and Doetinchem), Belgium (Leuven) and the U.K. (Cambridge and Clacton). From February 2009 until October 2011, he was an M.D. researcher and Ph.D. student at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands. His Ph.D. research was on the genetics of selected neurodevelopmental disorders and his supervisors were Professor Jan Buitelaar and Professor Barbara Franke (Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre), and Professor David Pauls (Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA). He was awarded his Ph.D. cum laude on 1 November 2011. In addition to his role as director of Drug Target ID, he is currently a Research Associate at the Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre as well as the Department of Molecular Animal Physiology, Radboud University Nijmegen, where he pursues research into genetic and translational aspects of complex disorders.