Meet the team

Find out more about the Pharmacogenetics in Mental Health team

Professor Elvira Bramon | Chief Investigator

Professor Elvira Bramon UCL
I am the chief investigator on the Pharmacogenetics project. I completed my medical degree at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, followed by early specialist psychiatry training (MIR) at the Hospital Mútua de Terrassa – Universitat de Barcelona. In 1999 I moved to the Institute of Psychiatry – King’s College London and Maudsley Hospital to do my PhD and further training in psychiatry. I have always combined research, clinical and teaching activities. My academic posts at the Institute of Psychiatry included clinical lecturer and reader in psychiatry along with at the Maudsley Hospital initially as associate specialist and by 2005 as consultant psychiatrist. At the Institute I held a Welcome Trust research training fellowship, subsequently a NIHR post-doctoral fellowship and most recently a MRC New Investigator Award. I joined UCL in 2012 as reader in biological psychiatry and I'm now based at the Division of Psychiatry and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Rosemary Abidoph | Clinical Trial Manager

Rosemary Abidoph UCL
I am the Clinical Trial Manager for the Pharmacogenetic Trial in Mental Health. I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at Goldsmiths University London and followed shortly with a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Adult Mental Health. I then went on to work for a year within a mental health hospital as a Mental Health Practitioner. Prior to this role I worked as a research assistant within Camden and Islington NHS Trust where I developed an interested in genomics and personalised medicine.
Lauren Varney | Research Assistant
Lauren Varney
I am a Research Assistant within the team. I completed my BSc in Psychology with a Year in Employment at the University of Southampton, during which I did a placement in neuropsychology. I then moved to UCL to complete my MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences, where I developed an interest in the role of genetics in mental health.
Marius Cotic | PhD Student and Lab Technician

Marius Cotic UCL
I am a part-time PhD student and Research Assistant at UCL since October 2020. Before I started working at UCL on rapid COVID-19 sequencing, I completed an MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, specialising in neuropharmacology and antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. My PhD builds upon my interest in neuropharmacology and personalised medicine, focusing on the identification and characterisation of the effect of high-risk mutations that predispose individuals to psychosis.
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Noushin Saadullah Khani | PhD Student

Noushin Saadullah Khani UCL
I am a PhD student at University College London since September 2021. Prior to my PhD, I completed an Integrated Master’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Surrey, where I developed an interest in genomics. My PhD involves conducting analysis to determine whether the genetics-guided intervention improves patient quality of life and other clinical outcomes.

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