Personal Page | Wonuola A. Akingbuwa

I am a researcher at the department of Biological Psychology at the VU investigating the role of genetic variants in psychiatric traits across the allele frequency spectrum. I obtained my PhD at the VU on “Polygenic analyses of childhood and adult psychopathology, and their overlap”. Before that, I obtained my masters in Genes, Environment and Development at King’s College London. The interdisciplinary nature of my academic training and research experience means that I have gained an appreciation for the importance of using different approaches to investigate psychiatric aetiology. As such my main research interests lie in the integration of different analytical techniques in order to gain a well-rounded view of the processes underlying psychopathology.

I teach a Bachelor course on “Big Data in Psychology”, as well as a Research Master course on “Gene Finding: Genome-Wide Association Studies and beyond”.

Wonuola A. Akingbuwa, Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam Public Health Institute

#Mental Health #Statistical Genetics #Rare Variants #Behavior Genetics #Psychology

Key publications

  1. Akingbuwa, W. A., Hammerschlag, A. R., Bartels, M., Nivard, M. G., Middeldorp, C. M. (2022). Ultra-rare, rare and common genetic variant analysis converge to implicate negative selection and neuronal processes in the aetiology of schizophrenia. Molecular Psychiatry.
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  1.  Akingbuwa, W. A., Hammerschlag, A. R., Bartels, M., Middeldorp, C. M. (2021).
    Systematic Review: Molecular Studies of Common Genetic Variation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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  1.  Akingbuwa, W. A., Hammerschlag, A. R., Jami, E. S., Allegrini, A. G., Karhunen, V., Sallis, H., …
    & Middeldorp, C. M. (2020). Genetic Associations Between Childhood Psychopathology and Adult Depression and Associated Traits in 42 998 Individuals: A Meta-Analysis. JAMA psychiatry77(7): 715-728.

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  1. Grotzinger, A. D., Mallard, T. T., Akingbuwa, W. A., Ip, H. F., Adams, M. J., Lewis, C. M., … & Nivard, M. G. (2022). Genetic architecture of 11 major psychiatric disorders at biobehavioral, functional genomic and molecular genetic levels of analysis. Nature genetics54(5), 548-559.
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