Dr. Nadia Bolshakova received M.Sc. degree from St.-Petersburg State Technical University, Russia in 1996 and Ph.D. degree from Department of Computational Mathematics, North-West State Technical University, St.-Petersburg, Russia in 2000. She took part in research projects at the Institute of Cytology of Russian Academy of Sciences and Trinity College Dublin where she was researching in the areas at the intersection of computer science and life sciences, such as bioinformatics and intelligent systems. Nadia has published number of articles in journals, conference proceedings and books related to bioinformatics, biomodelling and cell biology and has been a referee for several scientific journals. She joined Neuropsychiatric Genetics Research Group at Trinity College Dublin in 2007 as a Research Project Manager of the Autism Simplex Collection (TASC) and the Irish part of Autism Genome Project (AGP). Nadia's contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lorna Lopez (nee Houlihan) works on understanding the biological basis of psychiatric illness. Lorna graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Genetics) Natural Sciences in 2002, and from The University of Edinburgh with a PhD (Psychiatric Genetics) in 2008. Lorna’s research expertise ranges from genomic to molecular and proteomic approaches in family and population based studies, and always with a focus on understanding the genetic basis of mental illness and other brain- and medical-related traits. Lorna has worked under the guidance of Professor David Porteous (Molecular Medicine Centre, Edinburgh) for her doctoral studies, and with Professor Ian Deary (Department of Psychology, Edinburgh) and Professor David Cotter (RCSI, Dublin) for her postdoctoral research. Now back to Trinity with Professor Louise Gallagher in the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Lorna will lead research on discovering the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders through whole genome sequencing. Lorna has received funding from SFI, AXA Research Fund and The Wellcome Trust. Lorna’s email is email@example.com, and her Google Scholar Author Profile is here
Dr Karen Whelan graduated from medical school in Trinity College Dublin in 2010 and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014. She completed the Dublin University Psychiatric Rotational Training Programme in 2015. Karen was awarded a Clinical Research Fellowship by the National Children’s Research Centre in 2017 to investigate the links between inflammation and the weight gain associated with antipsychotic medication use. Karen is currently working as a PhD candidate on this project in TCD while also completing higher specialist training in child and adolescent mental health. Karen’s contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jane McGrath graduated from medical school in Trinity College Dublin in 2002 and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2006. Jane worked on the Autism Genome Project for a year as a research registrar collecting clinical information and blood samples from participating family members. She was granted a Molecular Medicine Ireland Clinician Scientist Fellowship in 2008, and completed a PhD in which she investigated brain structure, function and connectivity in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder using a variety of neuroimaging techniques including functional and diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Following this, Jane completed her Clinical Specialist Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her present research has largely been driven by concerns that have arisen out of clinical practice, and aims to improve clinical practice and safety for patients. She is currently supervising a study funded by the National Children’s Research Centre, which is investigating the links between inflammation and the weight gain associated with antipsychotic medication use. Jane's contact email is email@example.com
Ana McLaughlin graduated with a BA (Hons) in Psychology, followed by an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from King’s College London. In 2013, Ana joined the Autism Research Group led by Prof. Louise Gallagher at the Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Molecular Medicine, Trinity College Dublin.
Here, she worked as a research assistant on a number of studies in the area of Psychosis, Conduct Disorder and ASD. She is currently a PhD candidate examining reward processing and learning in ASD using fMRI, under the joint-supervision of Dr Clare Kelly and Prof. Louise Gallagher. Ana's contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Dinneen graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Genetics (mod.) from Trinity College Dublin. He completed an internship in the Neuropsychiatric Genetics lab under supervision of Prof. Gallagher in 2017, where he conducted a project testing NRXN1 protein levels in whole blood samples. He joined the group as a PhD candidate in 2018. His focus is investigating genetic variation in a cohort of individuals carrying a genomic copy number variant, NRXN1 deletion. His project is part of the AIMS-2 TRIALS initiative. This is a pan-European collaborative effort amongst 48 institutions whose aim is to develop effective treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (https://www.eu-aims.eu/). Thomas’ contact email is email@example.com
Richard O'Conaill recently completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology with French at Trinity College Dublin. He began working as a research assistant in IMMALab at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience in September 2017, under the supervision Dr Clare Kelly. Working with other members of the team, he was investigating memory ability and brain activity in Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as reward processing and brain activity in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. For his undergraduate thesis, he conducted a randomised controlled trial which piloted a novel cognitive training program with a group of adolescents on the autistic spectrum – he looks forward to publishing the findings of this study in the coming months. Richard joined the Neuropsychiatric Genetics team in September 2018, where he works as a clinical research assistant. Aside from research, Richard has a passion for singing, and is a regular performer at a number of different music festivals, and concert venues across Ireland. Richard’s contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org