Dr. M.E. van Gijn is Clinical Laboratory Geneticist and a member of staff of the genome diagnostic laboratory of the department of Genetics at the University Medical Centre (UMC) Groningen. Before moving to the UMC Groningen she has been instrumental in setting up NGS in a clinical diagnostic setting at the UMC Utrecht and was the first to implement NGS diagnostics for the identification of genetic defects underlying autoinflammatory and primary immune deficiencies worldwide.
She chairs the molecular testing WP of the European Reference Network (ERN) for immune- mediated disease RITA.
The objective of this WP is to obtain a standardized and uniform European-wide approach for the molecular diagnosis of monogenic immune–mediated disease ensuring accessibility for state of the art genetic data-sharing working group of the Dutch Association of Clinical Genetic Diagnostic Laboratories (VKGL), Dr. M.E. van Gijn is one of the driving forces behind the implementation and development of NGS data-sharing initiatives in the Netherlands. In her research she uses innovative genomic approaches to identify mutations in known as well as candidate autoinflammatory and primary immune deficiency causing genes and implement these approaches in a diagnostic setting