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Masoud Zamani Esteki

Principal investigator

+31 43 38 75306

+31 43 38 71272-3 (secretory)


Laboratory of Cellular Genomic Medicine
Department of Clinical Genetics
Maastricht UMC+
P. Debyelaan 25
6229 HX Maastricht
The Netherlands

About me

Masoud’s research lies at the intersection of classical genetics, molecular and developmental genetics, clinical genetics, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence. During the course of his (post)doctoral research, he has invented methods to study genome instability in early human development with application to the clinic, such as preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Specifically, he has been developing, applying and translating integrative wet- and dry-lab approaches that uncover the genome’s allelic architecture in samples derived from many cells down to a single cell. Some of these technologies are now being used as routine diagnostic genetic tests. See Masoud's hope and vision for the field here.











Associate professor, Maastricht UMC & Maastricht University, NL

Assistant professor (tenured), Maastricht UMC & Maastricht University, NL

Assistant professor (tenure track), Maastricht UMC & Maastricht University, NL

Postdoctoral scientist, KU Leuven, BE

PhD in Molecular and Developmental Genetics, KU Leuven, BE

Advanced Master in Artificial Intelligence, KU Leuven, BE

MSc in Bioinformatics, KU Leuven, BE

BSc in Genetics, Chamran University of Ahvaz, IR


Adjunct faculty, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, SE

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Honors & Awards

2022     The Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) young investigator award, NL

2019     Travel grant winner and Finalist for the Joe Leigh Simpson Award for the Best Early Career Investigator, International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy (ISPD)
2015     Winner of the International Royan Award for outstanding research in Reproductive Genetics, Tehran
2015     Trainee Paper Spotlight for outstanding publication and research done by trainee members of ASHG
2014     Awarded for the best oral presentation in basic research at PGDIS 2014, Kent, UK
2014     Winner of Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research, San Diego, USA
2014     Candidate for the Young Investigator Awards of the ESHG 2014 Conference, Milan, Italy
2012     Nominated for the Royan International award, Tehran, Iran
2012     Travel grant for the Royan International Twin Congress, Tehran, Iran
2011    Winner of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) fellowship for 4th Course in Integration of    cytogenetics, microarray and massive sequencing in biomedical and clinical research, Bologna, Italy


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