As a PhD candidate at the University of Bergen, I work directly under Professor Stephanie Le Hellard in the "Epigenetics and Multiomics" group. In my PhD project, I also work closely with the Polimanti Lab, led by Assoc. Professor Renato Polimanti, Yale University, USA.
My main interest is understanding complex disorders better, especially mental disorders, and the link between the human genome and phenome. To understand the relation, I study large datasets available through Biobanks, including different genetic ancestries using "-omics" methods like phenomics, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and epigenomics.
As an MD, I have an overall reaching aim of these studies to lead us closer to precision medicine, both in diagnostics and treatment.
- (2022). An epigenetic association analysis of childhood trauma in psychosis reveals possible overlap with methylation changes associated with PTSD. Translational Psychiatry.
Løkhammer, Solveig; Polushina, Tatiana; Stavrum, Anne-Kristin; Aas, Monica; Ottesen, Akiah; Andreassen, Ole A.; Melle, Ingrid; Le Hellard, Stephanie (2021). “An epigenetic association analysis of childhood trauma in psychosis reveals possible overlap with methylation changes associated with PTSD”, Transl Psychiatry 12, 177 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-022-01936-8
Unnarsdóttir, Anna Bára; Lovik, Anikó; Fawns-Ritchie, Chloe; Ask, Helga; Kõiv, Kadri; Hagen, Kristen; Didriksen, Maria; [and 42 others, including Løkhammer, Solveig]. (2021). ”Cohort profile: COVIDMENT: Covid-19 cohorts on mental health across six nations”, International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 51, Issue 3, June 2022, Pages e108–e122, https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab234
PhD degree project: "Molecular signatures in mental disorders: investigating risk and protection factors at the genetic, epigenetic and metabolomic levels"