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Dr Karoline Kuchenbaecker
Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
London
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

My aim is to understand the patterns of how genetic variants influence complex traits. This involves questions such as how strong is the overall influence of genetics, and do disease subtypes differ in terms of their genetic risk factors? My current focus is to compare the genetic basis of traits across different populations, such as Africans and Europeans, using polygenic methods.

Additionally, I conduct studies to identify variants or genetic elements affecting traits. I was involved in several break-through discovery studies for cancer susceptibility loci. I also work on different aspects of cancer risk prediction.

I collaborate with research groups at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the University of Cambridge, UCL and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

Teaching Summary

I contribute to teaching for several graduate courses including Mental Health Sciences, Human Disease Genetics, and Drug Design. My teaching is focussed on genetic epidemiology as well as statistics.

Appointments
2016 – 2017 Statistical geneticist Human Genetics Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, United Kingdom
2015 – 2017 Ethel Cruickshank Research Fellow Lucy Cavendish College University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2011 – 2016 Research Associate Public Health and Primary Care University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2009 – 2010 Research Associate Epidemiology and public Health UCL, United Kingdom
2005 – 2009 Research Assistant/Associate Statistics and Methods in Psychology Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Germany
Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
2009   Diplom Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster
2008   Master of Science University of Reading
2005   Vordiplom Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster
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