Genetic epidemiology, population genetics, quantitative genetics, statistical genetics, psychiatric genetics
In 2013, I began my research career completing an honours research project, In vivo Evolution of Cryptococcus neoformans. The project enabled me to learn how to analyse next-generation sequencing data, through the investigation of microevolution between two serial clinical isolates of an opportunistic human fungal pathogen. I have since attended courses to learn how to analyse human datasets sequenced using next-generation sequencing data.
In 2014, I started my doctoral research project, supervised by Associate Professor Dale Nyholt, conducting research on the genetics of human complex traits. My Ph.D. research project, Characterising the relationship between fatigue and depression, used twin modelling, genome-wide association, and gene-set analyses, to investigate the relative contribution of genetics to the comorbidity and the genetic architecture of the two phenotypes.
In 2017, I started my post-doctoral research fellowship, supervised by Professor Russell Schachar and Associate Professor Jennifer Crosbie, at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. My project focused on characterising the genetics of ADHD and OCD Traits with cognitive deficits in a paediatric community-based sample using a variety of statistical genetic approaches in genome-wide datasets. During my fellowship I also received training as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellow in Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics (STAGE) and was mentored by Associate Professor Lisa Strug, Professor Andrew Paterson, and Professor Anne Bassett.
In 2019, I started working as a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in the Department of Mental Disorders. Employed to work on the PsychGen project, with Professor Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud and Associate Professor Alexandra Havdahl, that was funded through the Norwegian Research Council. My research focuses on investigating the genetics of mental disorders and their manifestations in traits