As a Medical Student attending the Medical School Research Programme at the University of Bergen, I work directly under Professor Stephanie Le Hellard in the group “Epigenetics and Multiomics”.
My main interest is in the field of epigenetics and functional genomics. I am curious about how environmental factors interact with our DNA, and how this plays a role in the development of psychiatric disorders. The epigenetic mechanism we mainly are looking at is DNA methylation, which can be measured through blood samples from peripheral blood. In our research group, we use methods within the field of biostatistics and bioinformatics in research on mental disorders.
To know the patients with the clinical picture, and the research field we are operating in is valuable in the total understanding of psychiatric disorders. We hope that the research can lead to better prevention, diagnostics and treatment of psychiatric diseases in the future.
"Childhood trauma in psychosis: effects at the epigenetic level" (main project). In this project we are aiming to identify DNA-methylation patterns in patients with psychosis which is specific for childhood trauma. This includes the diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder etc.
"Impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the level of distress in the BRYDEG2020: a Norwegian cohort". In this project, we are aiming to map the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, with a special focus on young adults. Read more about the BRYDEG2020 study here: https://www.uib.no/en/takecare2020