Kristel Sleegers

Full Professor

Kristel Sleegers


I have a background in medicine and close to 20 years of experience in genetic epidemiology and biostatistics, and I am committed to increase insight in the complex genetics of Alzheimer’s disease and investigate the translational potential of genetic discovery. I introduced this expertise to the UAntwerp-VIB Center for Molecular Neurology (UAntwerp-CMN) in 2004 when I joined the research group of Prof. Dr. Christine Van Broeckhoven as a visiting postdoc, and extended this line of research during a postdoctoral fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders. Since 2007 I am Staff Scientist and Team Leader for complex genetic Alzheimer research in the Neurodegenerative Brain Diseases group at UAntwerp-CMN, and lecturer of Genetic Epidemiology for Ma1 students Biochemistry and Biotechnology at UAntwerp. In 2017 I received tenure as full time Associate Professor Genetic Neuroepidemiology, and as of January 2020 I have been appointed as Full Professor. 


  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Dementia

  • Genetic Epidemiology

  • Complex Genetics

  • WGS

  • WES

  • targeted DNA/RNA sequencing

  • transcriptomics

  • long-read sequencing

  • GWAS

  • rare variants

  • copy number variation

  • structural variation

  • repeat

  • alternative splicing

  • ABCA7

  • EADB