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Karoline Kuchenbaecker

Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UCL

My aim is to understand the patterns of how genetic variants influence complex traits. This involves questions such as how strong is the overall influence of genetics, and do disease subtypes differ in terms of their genetic risk factors? My current focus is to compare the genetic basis of traits across different populations, such as Africans and Europeans, using polygenic methods.

Additionally, I conduct studies to identify variants or genetic elements affecting traits. I was involved in several break-through discovery studies for cancer susceptibility loci. I also work on different aspects of cancer risk prediction.

I collaborate with research groups at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the University of Cambridge, UCL and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).


  • 2017–present
    Associate professor, UCL
  • 2016–2017
    Statistical geneticist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • 2011–2016
    Research associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2009–2011
    Research associate, UCL


  • 2015 
    University of Cambridge , PhD
  • 2009 
    Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet, Diplom
  • 2008 
    University of Reading, MSc