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I am a PhD student at the Amsterdam UMC. My interests lie in how who we are as persons is shaped by the genetics that we are born with, the environment that we spend our life in, our brains and our evolutionary history as a species. I like to apply this interest to psychiatry in the hope to better understand psychiatric disorders and eventually help the individuals suffering from them. I received my Bachelor of Psychology from Utrecht University, my Master of Psychology from Utrecht University and my Master of Neuroscience from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After doing an internship at the Amsterdam UMC into the evolutionary genetics of psychiatric disorders, I received an Amsterdam UMC PhD Scholarship. For my PhD I do research into the comorbidity of anxiety and depression. I focus on disentangling the genetic influences that contribute to these disorders and investigating how they are expressed in the brain of patients with these disorders. I am also researching (genetic) resilience factors related to developing anxiety or depression. Besides gaining fundamental insights, the goal of my PhD is to be able to make better predictions for individuals with psychiatric disorders regarding prognosis and treatment outcomes.

Anaïs Thijssen

Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam

#Genetics #Psychiatry #Evolution

Key publications

Thijssen, A. B., Dick, D. M., Posthuma, D. & Savage, J. E. Investigating genetically stratified subgroups to better understand the etiology of alcohol misuse. Mol. Psychiatry 1–9 (2023) doi:10.1038/s41380-023-02174-0.


Grants and awards

Amsterdam UMC Scholarship



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