Wouter Peyrot

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-644
    De Boelelaan 1085
    1081 HV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

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Short CV

2021 – present Postdoctoral researcher VU University
2018 – present Psychiatrist & Postdoctoral researcher Amsterdam UMC & GGZ inGeest
2018 – 2020 Postdoctoral researcher Harvard School of Public Health Boston MA USA
2011 – 2018 Psychiatric resident & PhD candidate Amsterdam UMC GGZ inGeest and University of Queensland Brisbane Australia
2003 – 2010 Medicine VU University
2001 – 2003 Mathematics University of Amsterdam


I develop statistical methods in psychiatric genetics, aiming to ultimately improve the lives of people with psychiatric conditions.

Highlighted Publications

• Peyrot WJ and Price AL. Identifying loci with different allele frequencies among cases of eight psychiatric disorders using CC-GWAS. Nature Genetics 2021. PMID: 33686288
• Peyrot WJ, Robinson MR, Penninx BWJH, Wray NR. Exploring boundaries for the genetic consequences of assortative mating for psychiatric traits. JAMA Psychiatry 2016. PMID: 27732705
• Peyrot WJ, Boomsma DI, Penninx BW, Wray NR. Disease and Polygenic Architecture: Avoid Trio Design and Appropriately Account for Unscreened Control Subjects for Common Disease. Am J Hum Genet 2016. PMID: 26849113
• Peyrot WJ et al. Does childhood trauma moderate polygenic risk for depression? A meta-analysis of 5,765 subjects from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Biological Psychiatry 2017. PMID: 29129318
• Peyrot WJ et al. The association between lower educational attainment and depression owing to shared genetic effects? Results in ~25 000 subjects. Mol Psychiatry 2015 PMID: 25917368
• Peyrot WJ, Milaneschi Y, Abdellaoui A, Sullivan PF, Hottenga JJ, Boomsma DI, Penninx BW. Effect of polygenic risk scores on depression in childhood trauma. Br J Psychiatry 2014. PMID: 24925986
• Rheenen W van, Peyrot WJ, Schork AJ, Lee SH, Wray NR. Genetic correlations of polygenic disease traits: from theory to practice. Nat Rev Genet 2019. PMID: 31171865
• Gratten J, Wray NR, Peyrot WJ, McGrath JJ, Visscher PM, Goddard ME. Risk of psychiatric illness from advanced paternal age is not predominantly from de novo mutations. Nat Genetics 2016. PMID: 27213288
• Coleman JRI, Peyrot WJ et al. Genome-wide gene-environment analyses of major depressive disorder and reported lifetime traumatic experiences in UK Biobank. Mol Psychiatry 2020. PMID: 31969693