Personal Page | Emil Uffelmann

I found my way to genetics in a roundabout way. I first did a Bachelor’s in Psychology, where I found a passion for statistics and academia. Subsequently, I switched fields to do a Master’s in Neuroscience, which filled my biology gaps. Now, as a PhD student in statistical genetics at the Complex Trait Genetics department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, I use statistical methods to study brain-related phenotypes, thus nicely integrating both my Psychology and Neuroscience background.

While my interest in genetics runs deep, it is also broad, which shows in the range of projects I’m working on. I am currently the lead analyst of the Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, where I run a large GWAS meta-analysis; I am developing a new approach to make Polygenic Scores more interpretable; and I run a cross-trait analysis of genetic sex differences.

I have also been involved in teaching, mainly in the course Genetics in Neuroscience, coordinated by Danielle Posthuma, where I designed course material, gave lectures, tutored classes, and graded exams.

Emil Uffelmann

Department of Complex Trait Genetics, Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, Amsterdam Neuroscience, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam

#Statistical Genetics #GWAS #Alzheimer’s

Key publications

  1. Uffelmann, E., Huang, Q. Q., Munung, N. S., de Vries, J., Okada, Y., Martin, A. R., Martin, H. C., Lappalainen, T., & Posthuma, D. (2021). Genome-wide association studies. Nature Reviews Methods Primers, 1(1), 1–21.
  2. Uffelmann, E., Leeuw, C. de, & Posthuma, D. (2023). Local Genetic Sex Differences in Quantitative Traits (p. 2023.05.04.539410). bioRxiv.
  3. Uffelmann, E., Posthuma, D., & Peyrot, W. J. (2023). Genome-wide association studies of polygenic risk score-derived phenotypes may lead to inflated false positive rates. Scientific Reports, 13(1), Article
  4. Uffelmann, E., & Posthuma, D. (2021). Emerging Methods and Resources for Biological Interrogation of Neuropsychiatric Polygenic Signal. Biological Psychiatry, 89(1), 41–53.

Grants and awards

Genetics Network Amsterdam poster award 2022

University Research Fellowship 2019

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship 2018

Holland Scholarship 2017

Groningen University Fund 2017

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