Researcher biography

Upon awarding of my PhD in August 2010, my interests in the genetics of mental health led me to work with Assoc. Prof Naomi Wray. Since then I have been working on numerous projects related to the genomics of mental health. I was a substantial contributor to the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium analysis of Major Depressive Disorder, having analysed the X chromosome data and to the first genome-wide studies of insomnia and caffeine-induced insomnia

My research has contributed to advances in a number of fields through the identification of genetic variants that were previously unsuspected. The identification of these variants opens up new avenues for developing drug targets to target the biological pathways in which they are found.