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Sarah Bergen

Senior researcher

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About me




Professional experience

December 2014-present   Docent/Associate Professor, Karolinska Institutet

July 2013-present  Assistant Professor, MEB, Karolinska Instititet

October 2012 - June 2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, MEB, Karolinska Institutet

October 2009 - September 2012 Postdoctoral Researcher, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital

Research description

I conduct quantitative genetics research focusing on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. My current projects include GWAS and CNV studies of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to better understand the genetic contribution to disease risk, biomarkers associated with these disorders, and the observed variability within patient groups. I also have a keen interest in developing ways of subtyping schizophrenia patients to better understand the heterogeneous etiological pathways that give rise to this disorder. My strong foundation in neuroscience offers added biological context to the results from genetic research studies. Ultimately, I hope my research will contribute to improved treatment and prevention strategies for serious, chronic mental illnesses.


2005-2009       Ph.D. Human and Molecular Genetics, Quantitative track

                         Advisor:  Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.

                         Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2001-2004       M.S. Neuroscience

                         Advisor:  David A. Lewis, M.D.

                         University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

1996-2000       B.A. Neuroscience, Psychology  minor: Biology

                         Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2014 Elected to Board of Directors for International Society for  Psychiatric Genetics

2011 Early Career Investigator Program Finalist,          XIX World Congress in Psychiatric Genetics

2008 Best Poster Presentation Award,          XVI World Congress in Psychiatric Genetics

2008 Roscoe D. Hughes award for excellence in research & scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University

2005-2009 Human Genetics Departmental Excellence Award           Virginia Commonwealth University

1996-2000 DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholarship, Macalester College

1996 National Merit Finalist

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