Brigitte Faas studied medical biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen and performed her PhD study at the Sanquin laboratory in Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD degree in 1998, and her PhD research focussed on the noninvasive prenatal determination of the fetal Rhesus blood group genotypes. To this end, she not only studied the genetic background of the Rh antigens, but also studied the use of either fetal cells or fetal cell-free DNA in the maternal circulation for noninvasive prenatal testing.
In 1999, she started her training to become Clinical Laboratory Geneticist, which was finished in 2004. She is working at the Human Genetics department of the Radboudumc since 2001, and her main field of expertise is prenatal diagnosis. Within this field, she is involved in all state-of-the-art laboratory tests, such as karyotyping, QF-PCR, FISH, SNP array and noninvasive prenatal testing.
Brigitte is editor of the Genetics and Genomics section of the Prenatal Diagnosis journal, is chair of the Special Interest Group for laboratory techniques of the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (ISPD) and involved in education activities of the ISPD, such as organizing preconference courses.