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About me

I am currently an early career research fellow (Australian NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical Fellowship, 2015-2018) working at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), Karolinska Institute and Statistical Genetics, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia. I was trained in statistics during undergraduate and Master degrees and have been working in the field of statistical genetics since PhD. Thus I have developed a unique set of statistical and computational skills which highly qualify myself in this interdisciplinary field. My PhD projects involved investigating and applying statistical methods for complex diseases. I have been working on some large-scale gene mapping projects seeking to better understand the genetic basis of various traits of medical importance. 

Education

PhD: Genetic Association Studies of Complex Traits. 2013. School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland; Statistical Genetics, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia

Master, major of Statistics. Uppsala University and Högskolan Dalarna, Sweden

Research description

Broadly, my research aims to answer an outstanding question: how do our genes together with environmental exposures determine risk and prognosis of complex diseases, in particular mental health problems. The specific research aims include:

  • To identify genetic variants predisposing to mental health disorders.
  • To understand genetic and environmental architecture for single disease, and to understand comorbidity between diseases concerning shared genetic and environmental components.
  • To investigate gene-environment interplay and infer causality.
  • To forge an integrative model incorporating genetic, environmental and longitudinal data for individual risk prediction.

This work has the potential to significantly enhance our understanding of developmental trajectories underlying mental health.

Teaching portfolio

Supervision

Co-supervise PhD student Ashley Thompson. “Prediction of negative life outcomes in children with ADHD”, since 2018.

Main supervisor for Bachelor student Alison Baxley, Bachelor Thesis in Medical Science with a Major in Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet. “Polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and childhood accidents, injury and self-harm”. Spring 2017.

Teaching

Course: “Molecular epidemiology”. Epidemiology program, Karolinska Institutet. 2018.

Course: “Molecular genetic psychiatry”. Clinical Psychology program, Karolinska Institutet. 2017, 2018.

Summer school: “GWAS and imputation”, Brain Imaging Genetics Summer School, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 2018.

 

Academic honours, awards and prizes

KI Faculty-funded career position (assistant professor). 2018-2022

2018 NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, USA. 2019-2021.

Assistant professor, funded by the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (rank #1). 2018-2022

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical Fellowship). Australian Government. 2015-2018

Australian delegate of early career researcher at the 64th Nobel Laureates Meeting (Physiology or Medicine). Australian Academy of Science. 2014

Postgraduate Award Finalist. Australian Society of Medical Research. 2013

Best Poster Presentation Award. The 8th GeneMappers Conference, Australia. 2011

Best Presentation Award. The 5th International Student Research Forum, Australia. 2009

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