Sander Lamballais

Postdoctoral Researcher

Clinical Genetics, Erasmus MC


Hi, my name is Sander Lamballais. I am a PostDoc at the Erasmus MC.

My current work:

  • I develop methods related to GWAS, polygenic burden, pleiotropy, and cell-free DNA.
  • I study the role of genetics in brain development and psychiatric disorders.
  • I coordinate two courses in the new Genomics in Society MSc program:
    • Research Design (2022 onwards)
    • Biological Statistics (2023 onwards)
  • I am working on the following short books:
    • Bash for Non-Programmers (forthcoming)
    • R for Non-Programmers
    • Polygenic Scores for Non-Geneticists

Highlights from my previous work:

  • I am the lead developer of QDECR, an R package to perform vertex-wise analyses.
  • I co-designed and conducted the ORACLE Study, a cohort of 2,000 individuals with neuroimaging, cognitive testing, and more. I trained and led a team of over 20 BSc, MSc, and PhD students.
  • I wrote my doctoral thesis on how the brain takes shape across a lifetime.

Feel free to reach out if you:

  • Want to collaborate
  • Need a peer reviewer
  • Want to learn more about genetics or neuroimaging
  • Have questions about my work


  • Methodology
  • Genetics & Omics
  • Neuroimaging
  • Epidemiology


  • PhD in Neuroepidemiology, 2022

    Erasmus MC, NL

  • MSc in Genetic Epidemiology, 2015

    Erasmus MC, NL

  • MSc in Neuroscience, 2014

    Erasmus MC, NL

  • BSc in Psychology, 2012

    Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL

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