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Biography

I joined the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, part of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London in 2012 as a 1+3 MSc+PhD student, supervised by Thalia Eley and Gerome Breen. Following the completion of my PhD, I joined Prof Breen’s research group as a postdoctoral researcher. I apply methods from statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology to study psychiatric disorders, particularly major depressive disorder and its correlates. I also continue to work with Prof Eley’s group, continuing our research into response to cognitive behavioural therapy. I have also worked extensively with international collaborators in the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium, contributing analyses to large-scale meta-analyses of major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and anorexia nervosa. 

 

Qualifications: 

BA (promoted to MA), University of Cambridge  

MSc, King’s College London 

PhD, King’s College London 

 

Awards: 

ISPG Early Career Investigator Travel Awardee and Poster Awardee, 2018  

Semi-Finalist ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research, 2017 

Research interests:

  • Statistical genomics  
  • Bioinformatics  
  • Psychiatric Disorders 

Research groups:

Translational Neuropsychiatric Genomics group 

Emotional Development Intervention and Treatment (EDiT) Lab 

Teaching: 

I provide lectures on various MSc courses in:  

  • Methods for Genome-wide Association Studies 
  • Polygenic Risk Scoring 
  • Heritability and Components of Variance in Genome-wide Association Studies 

Expertise and Public Engagement:

I have an active social media presence on Twitter (@joni_coleman), and my contributions to highlighting science at the 2018 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics were ‘officially recognised’. Recently, I have provided expert review of a journalistic piece on the genetics of psychiatric disorders.