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Research interests

I investigate the link between DNA methylation and mental health. Specifically, I focus on traits including hyperactivity and behavioural difficulties as well as mental health conditions such as anorexia nervosa and schizophrenia. As an active member of the ENIGMA Schizophrenia and ENIGMA Eating Disorder working groups, I have a long track record of investigating brain imaging correlates of mental health conditions and how these link to genetic and epigenetic markers. In my research I apply several approaches including methylome-wide association analyses, mixed and multi-level modelling, as well as causal inference methods such as Mendelian randomization. I also study the life-course of these associations by applying longitudinal analyses on prospectively collected data from large UK and international cohorts.

 

Biography

I have expert knowledge on mental health research and hands-on experience in leading large-scale collaborations, as part of my work within the ENIGMA consortium. My career has taken me to diverse research environments in the UK (MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, King’s College London), Germany (TU Dresden), the Netherlands and the US (as part of my DFG-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia State University), allowing me to develop skills, which I apply now in my own research.

 

I use the following methods:

R programming, methylome-wide and genetic association analyses, FreeSurfer, mixed and multi-level modelling, as well as causal inference methods such as Mendelian randomization

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Accepting PhD students

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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