Mats Nagel

Postdoctoral researcher

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    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
    Department of Complex Trait Genetics
    W&N building, Room B-631
    De Boelelaan 1085
    1081 HV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

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Short CV

2019 – present Postdoctoral researcher VU University, CTG Lab
2014 – 2019 PhD candidate VU University, CTG Lab
2012 – 2013 Teaching assistant University of Amsterdam
2010 – 2012 MSc Psychological Methods University of Amsterdam
2006 – 2010 BSc Psychology University of Amsterdam


Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have boosted the gene-finding enterprise, and made important contributions to medicine and pharmaceutics. However, for psychiatric traits results are still limited. First, for some traits only few genetic variants have been identified. Second, even when the number of associated variants is substantial, these typically explain only a small portion of the phenotypic variance. Third, underlying biological mechanisms have to not been uncovered.

The focus of my work is twofold; on the one hand I aim to reduce the complexity of the traits by studying the genetics of symptoms rather than the overarching trait. On the other hand, I aim to investigate the overlap between different traits. Both approaches have the potential to improve our biological understanding, by improving specificity of the genetic signal.

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