• 2019 - present Postdoctoral researcher VU University, CTG Lab
• 2014 - 2019 PhD candidate VU University, CTG Lab
• 2012 - 2013 Teaching assistant University of Amsterdam
• 2010 - 2012 MSc Psychological Methods University of Amsterdam
• 2006 - 2010 BSc Psychology University of Amsterdam
Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have boosted the gene-finding enterprise, and made important contributions to medicine and pharmaceutics. However, for psychiatric traits results are still limited. First, for some traits only few genetic variants have been identified. Second, even when the number of associated variants is substantial, these typically explain only a small portion of the phenotypic variance. Third, underlying biological mechanisms have to not been uncovered.
The focus of my work is twofold; on the one hand I aim to reduce the complexity of the traits by studying the genetics of symptoms rather than the overarching trait. On the other hand, I aim to investigate the overlap between different traits. Both approaches have the potential to improve our biological understanding, by improving specificity of the genetic signal.
- Nagel M, Jansen PR, Stringer S, Watanabe K, de Leeuw CA, Bryois J, Savage JE, Hammerschlag AR, Skene N, Muñoz-Manchado AB, the 23andMe Research Team, White TJH, Tiemeier H, Linnarsson S, Hjerling-Leffler J, Polderman TJC, Sullivan PF, van der Sluis S, Posthuma D. Meta-Analysis of Genome-wide Association Studies for Neuroticism in 449,484 Individuals Identifies Novel Genetic Loci and Pathways. Nature Genetics, July 2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41588-018-0151-7
- Nagel M, Watanabe K, Stringer S, Posthuma D, van der Sluis S. Item-level analyses reveal genetic heterogeneity in neuroticism. Nature Communications, March 2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03242-8
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