I am from Pakistan and started my PhD in July 2022 in department of Mental Health Neuroscience at Division of Psychiatry, UCL. It’s a studentship funded by ERC DIVERGE (Depression in diverse populations: Unravelling the interplay between genes and environment) grant. My Primary supervisor is Prof. Karoline Kuchenbaecker (UCL)
I will explore the common variation in the DNA of Pakistani population for association with major depression. I also aim to explore the common environmental risk factors for depression and their interaction with genes for causing depression. This study is the first of its kind and the largest in Pakistan.
Prior this I worked as a Research Associate at LIRD (Lahore Institute of research and Development) and helped collect data for largest genetic epidemiological studies of Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Major Depression in Pakistan. I have experience in setting up large scale data collection drives and organizing them.