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Saskia completed her PhD in 2017 at the University of Edinburgh examining the genetic associations between cognitive ability, negative emotions and health outcomes. Following this she spend 1.5 years as a postdoc with Cathryn Lewis at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre focussing on the shared genetic aetiology between later onset depression and cardio-metabolic disease. In 2018, she was awarded an MRC Skills Development Fellowship to dissect the association between cardio-metabolic traits and severe mental illness using a prediction modelling approach. 

Saskia has experience in statistical genetics, including genome-wide associations studies, polygenic risk score analysis, Mendelian randomization.

Research interests:

  • Genetics of mood disorders 
  • Pharmacogenetics  
  • Prediction modelling 

Research groups: 

Statistical Genetics Unit, led by Prof Cathryn Lewis