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About me

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by the Wellcome Trust in the UK. I joined MEB in March 2016 to work on the Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden (CATSS) sample with Prof Paul Lichtenstein and others.

My background is in Psychology. After obtaining my BSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol, I worked as a Research Assistant at Cardiff University, collecting data and performing analyses as part of the Study of ADHD, Genes and Environment. I completed my PhD at Cardiff University in 2014. The title of my PhD thesis was “Examining the clinical and genetic overlap of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder traits”. After my PhD and before joining MEB, I spent a year working at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, USA, with Dr Ben Neale. 

Education

2012-2014 - PhD - MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Cardiff University, UK; PhD supervisors: Dr Marian Hamshere, Prof Anita Thapar & Prof Michael O’Donovan
2004-2007 - BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology - University of Bristol, UK

Research description

My main research interests concern investigating the genetic risks for neurodevelopmental disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specifically, I am intrigued by the sexual dimorphism of the prevalence of these disorders and also the genetic overlap of these clinical disorders with variation in related quantitative traits in the general population. 
I am currently being funded by the Wellcome Trust (2015-2019) to investigate a series of inter-related genetic hypotheses for the increased prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders in boys compared to girls. This project involves collaborations with Prof Paul Lichtenstein at MEB, Dr Ben Neale at the Broad Institute, USA, as well as Prof Anita Thapar at Cardiff University, UK. During this project, I am working on genetic data from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium ADHD dataset and the Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden.

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