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Dr Victoria Garfield
206
222 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DA
Appointment
  • Research Associate
  • Population Science & Experimental Medici
  • Institute of Cardiovascular Science
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

I have a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology from Goldsmiths, University of London. My PhD was in Genetic Epidemiology and was funded by a multidisciplinary studentship from the ESRC/MRC. 


In the final year of my PhD I undertook research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for 3 months under the ESRC's funded competitive Overseas Institutional Visit (OIV) scheme. I also received a funded extension to my PhD.



Research Groups
Research Summary

I am a genetic epidemiologist with a background in psychology and statistics. I am interested in using a combination of observational and genetic epidemiology to understand the aetiology of complex traits/diseases. 


Previous research

My doctoral research focused on trying to disentangle the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and sleep duration, using large population-based studies. To do this, I analysed a combination of epidemiological and genomic data.


Current work

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Nish Chaturvedi's group and I work in collaboration with Prof. Aroon Hingorani's group (Translational Genomics: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cardiovascular/research/department-population-science-experimental-medicine/group-centre-translational-genomics/translational-genomics-study-group). 


I am also a Visiting Research Fellow at LSHTM, as I work closely with Prof. Liam Smeeth and Prof. Krishnan Bhaskaran in the Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology. I currently use genomic and epidemiological data from the UK Biobank (http://www.ukbiobank.ac.uk) and SABRE (Southall and Brent REvisited: https://www.sabrestudy.org/?cat=11) studies to understand the biology underlying the association between glycemic traits and several outcomes, both physical and in the brain. I also have a particular interest in ethnic differences underlying these complex biological processes. 


Student supervision

I currently supervise student dissertations across the following courses: MSc Data Science, MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology and BSc Population Health, MSc Cardiovascular Science and BSc Natural Sciences. I also supervise MRC PhD Year 1 rotation projects and am PhD supervisor for an MRC student and a student at the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay.


Teaching Summary

Guest lecturer (Mendelian randomization)

Institute of Cardiovascular Science - UCL

Feb, 2020


Guest lecturer ( Genetic Epidemiology) 

Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, Univ. of London 

Oct 2019, Feb 2018, Feb 2017, Feb 2016, Feb 2015


Guest lecturer (Diabetes)

Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL 

Feb, 2019


Guest lecturer (Genetic Association Studies)

Institute of Health Informatics /Department of Epidemiology & Public Health - UCL

Oct, 2018, Nov 2018


Seminar leader/Demonstrator (Psychology)

Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, Univ. of London

2016/17, 2014/15 and 2011/12 

Appointments
24-NOV-2017 – SEP-2020 Visiting Research Fellow Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
OCT-2017 – SEP-2020 Postdoctoral researcher (Research Associate) Population Science and Experimental Medicine, ICS UCL, United Kingdom
MAR-2017 – JUN-2017 Visiting Researcher Psychology Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
23-SEP-2013 Doctoral researcher (student) Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
OCT-2012 – FEB-2013 Honorary Research Assistant Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
SEP-2011 – SEP-2012 Honorary Research Assistant Psychology Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom
SEP-2011 – SEP-2012 Honorary Research Assistant Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre King's College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Genetic Epidemiology University College London
2012 MSc Master of Science – Statistics Applied to Social Sciences Goldsmiths College
2011 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Psychology Birkbeck College
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