Meet Mette Nyegaard

Mette Nyegaard and her colleagues are searching for good and bad genetic variants in the population. Identification of these variants are steps on the road to personalised medicine that matches a person’s own genome.

You have the overweight man with a very high cholesterol level whose heart is healthy. And then you have the young healthy athlete who suddenly collapses with heart failure.

Associate Professor Mette Nyegaard and her colleagues are searching for good and bad genetic variants in the population. Identifying the bad genetic errors makes it possible to find people at high risk already as infants. The good genetic errors which give some people exceptionally good health can be used to develop new drugs that mimic the genetic defect from these unusually healthy people. Both are steps on the road to personalised medicine that matches a person’s own genome.

Portrait of Mette Nyegaard
Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo