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.
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
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 in childhood and adolescence. The specific research aims include:
- To identify genetic variants predisposing to childhood and adolescent 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 over developmental time and infer causality.
- To forge an integrative model incorporating genetic, environmental and longitudinal data for individual risk prediction.
The Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden (CATSS) will be used in this research. CATSS is an ongoing study of all 9-year old twins in Sweden and includes molecular genetics and longitudinal data on mental health development.
This work has the potential to significantly enhance our understanding of developmental trajectories underlying youth mental health.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
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