Dr. Petra van Overveld completed her biology degree at Leiden University cum laude in December 1999. She performed her PhD research at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC, the Netherlands) and defended her thesis “Genetic and epigenetic studies of the FSHD-associated D4Z4 repeat” in April 2005. Subsequently, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher on a project on epithelial-mesenchymal transition and osteomimicry in bone metastasis from prostate carcinoma at the LUMC Department of Urology until August 2008.
From September 2008 onwards, she works as programme manager for the Centre for Medical Systems Biology (CMSB), headed by Prof. van Ommen within the Department of Human Genetics. CMSB research aims to improve diagnosis, therapy and prevention of common and rare diseases. Next to CMSB, she assists PIs from the Department of Human Genetics with grant applications and management for EU projects, like Eurogene, ENGAGE, RD-Connect, NeurOmics and several Orphanet projects. In addition, she takes part in the working party ‘Front office and information’ for the National Plan Rare Diseases Netherlands and participates in the editorial staff for the website ‘huisarts en genetica’, where Dutch general practitioners can find information on genetics.