Terry Vrijenhoek

L’ADN fait n’importe quoi(DNA does whatever). That was the opening statement of the thesis of Terry Vrijenhoek. It refers both to the unpredicatble way in which our DNA acts, and to the unlimited possibilities it has for research, diagnostics and care. Terry is the Faculty and Staff Advisor of the Department of Genetics at UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands.As such, he prepare the management team and staff members for future developments in clinical genetics. At the same time he involves a wide variety of stakeholders in his mission to develop a strategy for the ‘Genetics Clinic of the Future’.

Terry obtained his Ph.D. on the genetic background of schizophrenia at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC), the Netherlands. He obtained his M.Sc. in Animal Genetics at Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR).

Terry’s career has been entirely devoted to bringing genetics as close to society as possible.He has been largely involved in networking and career development for young scientists. As chairman of the Genomics Network for Young Scientists (GeNeYouS) he has contributed to the development of a platform for young life scientists. He has been involved in many public engagement activities, and has experimented with many tools and settings to provide applications of genetics in society. Together with 15 other young scientists he now co-authors SciencePalooza, a popular science blog which is also regularly published in other media, such as newspapers and popular science journals.