UCL Division of Biosciences

Prof Karoline Kuchenbaecker

Prof Karoline Kuchenbaecker

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology

Mental Health Neuroscience

Division of Psychiatry

Joined UCL
12th Jun 2017

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.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster
First Degree, Diplom | 2009
University of Reading
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2008
Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster
Diploma of HE, Vordiplom | 2005