Researcher biography

Anna Vinkhuyzen completed a master’s degree in neuropsychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. During her PhD studies (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands), she investigated the interplay between genes and environment in the context of general cognitive ability. In her postdoctoral research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (2010-2011) and The University of Queensland (since January 2012) in Brisbane, Australia, her research focus moved from behaviour genetics to statistical genetics. The main goal of her research is to explain individual differences in humans at a genetic level and understanding the role of modifiable risk factors. Traits of interest vary from physical measures such as body height and normal abilities such as intelligence to psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and autism.