Josefin Werme

PhD student
Team Member

Short CV

} Oct 2016 – Present | PhD Candidate | Dept. Complex Trait Genetics, CNCR, VU Amsterdam |
| Oct 2015 – Sept 2016 | MSc Genes, Environment, & Development | King’s College London |
| Oct 2012 – July 2015| BSc Psychology | Middlesex University |


The aetiology of psychiatric disorders is complex, influenced by a wide range of genetic and environmental factors. Understanding the genetic overlap among psychiatric disorders, as well as how their genetic signal might relate to molecular phenotypes and endophenotypes, can provide important clues about their aetiology. To aid this goal, one of my projects has involved the development of a novel tool dedicated to local genetic correlation analysis, called LAVA, which can be used to test bivariate and multivariate genetic relations between traits. One of my main research interests concerns applying local genetic correlation analysis to investigate the genetic overlap between psychiatric disorders and endophenotypes with the purpose of elucidating the function of the genetic signals detected in genome-wide association studies for these disorders.

Highlighted publications

Werme, J., van der Sluis, S., Posthuma, D., & de Leeuw, C. A. LAVA: An integrated framework for local genetic correlation analysis. Preprint at (2021).
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Contact info


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
Department of Complex Trait Genetics
W&N building, Room B-628
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands


+31 20 598 32 66