Elza Duijm

Elza Duijm

As head of the Naturalis Laboratories I 'm proud of the broad spectrum and high quality facilities and experts that make up the lab. 


Biodiversity, linking people, lab techniques, collection digitization 

Elza Duijm

Head of Naturalis laboratories 



My research interest is NGS sequencing. Currently, I am developing a sequencing workflow for the ARISE project.

The challenge of our NGS projects lies in the different type of samples we have to work with. These vary from ancient herbarium specimens to recently collected insects.

Our DNA lab  is utilized with several facilities such as  an  Ancient DNA lab, King fisher , eDNA work space,  so we’re able to  face the most challenging samples. Our NGS lab contains various equipment to measure, normalize and prepare a NGS library optimally 

Macrozoobenthos sample taken from the North Sea
Herbarium specimens

In the

The magazine of FNV published an article about my colleagues and I, in which we elaborate about the work behind the scenes at Naturalis. The FNV article called 'The scientists of Naturalis' was published on 17 December 2021 and can be read back here (in Dutch). 

Elza Duijm bij de labvriezers