Gert Matthijs


P1/CO Gert MATTHIJS, PhD (°1963) is a molecular geneticist. He is the head of the Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics at the Center for Human Genetics in Leuven, and Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has been involved in the diagnostics of inherited diseases since 1994. The Center for Human Genetics is the largest genetic department in Belgium. The laboratory is offering molecular tests for the more common genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, fragile X syndrome, Huntington’s disease, myotonic dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, hemophilia and Duchenne/Becker Muscular Dystrophy, and for a series of less frequent disorders. The laboratory also offers testing for familial breast- and ovarian cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2) and familial colon cancer and other familial cancer syndromes.


His research interest is in Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation (CDG), a group of rare inborn errors of metabolism. His group is focusing on the systematic search for novel types of CDG. The success is partly due to the fact that the Leuven group has committed itself, since 1999, to the coordination of EUROGLYCANET, a European network and database on CDG. His (translational) research activities deal with the development and validation of novel technologies for diagnostic use. Currently, the focus is on the implementation of the newest massive parallel sequencing platforms for mutation scanning in a diagnostic setting. He was a partner in TECHGENE, a European project that specifically dealt with NGS applications.


He has been a board member and has chaired the Patenting and Licensing Committee of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG). He was very actively involved in the European opposition against the BRCA patents.

  Email gert.matthijsuzleuvenbe
  Address K.U.Leuven
Center for Human Genetics/ Centrum Menselijke Erfelijkheid
Gasthuisberg O&N
Herestraat 49
Box 602
3000 Leuven
  Website Catholic University of Leuven
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