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About me

I am an early career researcher in genetic epidemiology with a focus on psychiatry. I investigate genetic and psychological risk factors for psychiatric problems (primarily depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders) and the contribution of psychiatric risk factors to somatic health and disease across the lifespan. My research joins genetic, epigenetic and life course approaches using population-based samples with available genetic data (e.g. Swedish Twin Register, UK Biobank).  


2015 – PhD in Psychology (summa cum laude), University of Tartu, Estonia
2008 – MA in Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia


Research description

My current projects are focused on:

  • Determining why some individuals develop mental and somatic health problems after serious psychological trauma, but others are resilient. I am joining genomics methods (e.g. polygenic risk scores and genetic correlations) with objective indicators of psychological trauma (e.g. childhood adoption, bereavement) to investigate this question.
  • Investigating genetic relationships between psychiatric disorders and somatic health (e.g. asthma, cumulative health decline in older populations) to understand better the underlying shared genetic risk factors behind the high co-morbidity of various mental and somatic health problems.

Supervision of students

Hilda Daníelsdóttir, Masters in Public Health, KI, 2018 (main supervisor)

Victor Dahlström, Degree project in Medicine, KI, 2018 (co-supervisor)

Vanja Zenlander, Undergraduate project in Medical program, KI, 2017 (main supervisor)

Robert de Meijere, Degree project in Medicine, KI, 2017 (co-supervisor)


Hans and Loo Ostermans Foundation for Medical Research, Tore Nilsons Stiftelse, KI Research Foundation.



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