Professor in Genetics, DMSc
University of Copenhagen
Niels Tommerup is Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Copenhagen since 1994. In 2001, he was funded by a prestigious grant from The Danish National Research Foundation (Grundforskningsfonden) to establish Wilhelm Johannsen Centre for Functional Genome Research, as a Centre-of-Excellence at the University of Copenhagen.
His research group focus on the use of rare chromosomal rearrangements in patients with genetic disorders to identify new links between genes and diseases, and between the functional 3D-organisation of the human genome and diseases. As part of this focus, he established in 2014 the International Breakpoint Mapping Consortium, with participation of more than 160 laboratories world-wide. He has been Board Member of both National and International genetic societies, including European member (1996-2006) and Chair (2001-2006) of the International Standing Committee on Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature (ISCN).