I´ve always been interested in the genetic basis for neurological disorders and am looking to apply my background in computational modelling to neuropsychiatry. During my Masters at the University of Bristol, I specialised in computational biology, undertaking a research project in the mechanisms behind Alzheimerâ€™s disease. During my undergraduate degree, I did a two month placement at the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge, looking at risk genes for cancer of the oesophagus in collaboration with a research group at Addenbrookeâ€™s Hospital. The aim of my PhD is to develop novel statistical techniques to identify reliable molecular biomarkers in autism, schizophrenia and depressive disorders.
Geertje van Rees
I completed a BSc degree in psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, as I have always been curious about how the brain is involved in regulating behaviour, disorders and thought processes. Next, I carried out an MSc in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on psychopharmacology and psychopathology at the same university. This involved research internships at the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience in Amsterdam, the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam and the Bahn lab at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. During these internships, my studies focussed on the molecular and cellular effects underlying neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, with a focus on potential immunological abnormalities. Now, the aim of my PhD project at the University of Cambridge is to identify potential biomarker candidates in serum which can eventually be used for improved diagnosis and potentially improved treatment of patients with schizophrenia.