Dra. Silvia Alemany Sierra Sierra

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I am a postdoctoral researcher with experience in the fields of Psychiatric Genetics and Environmental Epidemiology. I have experience analyzing several environmental factors such as child maltreatment, paracetamol use during pregnancy, or air pollution. I analyze the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases such as cognition or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using different methodologies such as polygenic risk scores, genome-wide and epigenome-wide association studies. I am very interested in understanding gene-environment relationships and interactions.

Curriculum

Graduated in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2006 and Master in Human Biology from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2007. I have a PhD in Biodiversity from the UB in 2013, and I obtained the Extraordinary Doctorate Award from the Faculty of Biology. In 2014 I joined the group led by Dr. Jordi Sunyer at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) as a postdoctoral researcher. I have enjoyed competitive pre-doctoral (PFIS, Carlos III Health Institute) and post-doctoral (Sara Borell, Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación) fellowships. I collaborate with international consortia such as Pregnancy And Childhood Epigenetics (PACE) and Early Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology (EAGLE). In 2020 I joined the team led by Dr. Marta Ribasés and Dr. Toni Ramos-Quiroga. My main line of research focuses on the study of genetic and environmental risk factors and their interaction in mental health.

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