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Lucía Colodro Conde

Associate Professor | QIMR Berghofer Fellow

Psychiatric Genetics

+61 7 3845 3018

lucia.colodroconde@qimrberghofer.edu.au

WORK HISTORY

Associate Professor Lucía Colodro Conde graduated with degrees in Psychology and MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Murcia (Spain), where she did most of my training. She moved to Australia in 2014 with a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Seneca Foundation – Regional Agency for Science and Technology (Spain) to work at the Psychiatric Genetics laboratory at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She currently holds a QIMR Berghofer Fellowship. She applies statistical genetics to the study of individual differences in mental health, women’s health, the brain, and personality. She works across disorders to investigate their genetic foundations and their interaction with environmental factors.

CURRENT APPOINTMENT

  • 2016 – 2020: QIMR Berghofer fellow

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENT

  • 2016 – 2016: Post-doctoral research officer. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia.
  • 2014 – 2016: Post-doctoral research fellow. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia.
  • 2010-2013: Pre-doctoral fellow. University of Murcia, Spain.
  • 2009-2009: Research assistant. Regional Health Council, Spain.

ORCID NUMBER

RESEARCHER ID

  • L-5515-2014

CURRENT AREA OF RESEARCH

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline personality
  • Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Grasby K.L.+, Jahanshad N.+, Painter, J.L. *, Colodro-Conde L*. et al. (2020). The genetic architecture of the human cerebral cortex. Science. eaay6690. DOI: 10.1126/science.aay6690.
  2. Colodro-Conde L.*, Couvy-Duchesne B.*, Whitfield J.B., Streit F., Gordon S., Kemper K.E., Yengo, L., Zheng Z., Trzaskowski M., de Zeeuw, E.L., Nivard M.G., Das, M., Neale, R.E., MacGregor, S., Olsen C.M., Whiteman D.C., Boomsma D.I., Yang J., Rietschel M., McGrath J.J., Medland S.E., Martin N.G. Association Between Population Density and Genetic Risk for Schizophrenia . JAMA PSYCHIATRY. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.1581
  3. Colodro-Conde L.*, Couvy-Duchesne B*, Zhu G., Coventry W.L., Byrne E.M., Gordon S., Wright M.J., Montgomery G.W., Madden P.A.F., Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Ripke S., Eaves L.J., Heath A.C., Wray N.R., Medland S.E., Martin N.G. (2017). A direct test of the diathesis-stress model for depression, Molecular Psychiatry.doi: 10.1038/mp.2017.130.
  4. Wray N.R., Ripke S., Mattheisen M., Trzaskowski M., Byrne E.M., Abdellaoui A., Adams M.J., Agerbo E., Air T.M., Andlauer T.F.M., Bacanu S., Baekvad-Hansen M., Beekman A.T.F., Bigdeli T.B., Binder E.B., Blackwood D.H.R., Bryois J., Buttenschon H.N., Bybjerg-Grauholm J., Cai N., Castelao E., Hvarregaard Christensen J., Clarke T., Coleman J.R.I., Colodro-Conde L.*, (..), Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (2018). Genome-wide association analyses identify 44 risk variants and refine the genetic architecture of major depression. Nature Genetics 50, 668-681.
  5. Colodro-Conde L.*, Cross S.M., Lind P.A., Painter J.N., Gunst A., Jern P., Johansson A., Maegbaek M.L., Munk-Olsen T., Nyholt D.R., Ordoñana J.R., Paternoster L., Sánchez Romera J.F., Wright M.J., Medland S.E. (2017). Cohort Profile: Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy Genetics Consortium (NVP Genetics Consortium). International Journal of Epidemiology. 46: e17.
  6. Smith, D.J.*; Escott-Price, V.*; Davies, G.; Bailey, M.E.S.; Colodro Conde, L.*, Ward, J., Vedernikov, A., Marioni, R., Cullen, B., Lyall, D., Hagenaars, S.P., Liewald, D.C.M., Luciano, M., Gale, C.R.M, Ritchie, S.J., Hayward, C., Nicholl, B., Bulik-Sullivan, B., Adams, M., Couvy-Duchesne, B., Graham, N., Mackay, D., Evans, J., Medland, S.E., Martin, N.G, Holmans, P., McIntosh, A.M., Pell, J.P., Deary, I.J., O’Donovan, M, Marioni, R., Smith, B., Porteous, D. (2016). Genome-wide analysis of over 106,000 individuals identifies 9 neuroticism-associated loci. Molecular Psychiatry 21, 749–757.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • 2018-current: International Society of Twin Studies, Board member.
  • 2016-current: Postdoc Committee at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Representative.
  • 2016-current: International Network of Twin Registries Early-career Researchers Group (ISTS), Representative.
  • 2015-current: Behavioral Genetics Association.
  • 2015-current: General Council of the Spanish Psychological Association. Divisions of Research and Clinical and Health Psychology.
  • 2014-2015: Association for Psychological Science
  • 2012-2015: Association of Young Researchers of the University of Murcia, Representative.
  • 2014-current: American Society of Human Genetics.
  • 2011-current: Association of Early Career Researchers of the University of Murcia.
  • 2010-current: Spanish Psychological Association, Qualified psychologist.

AWARDS RECOGNITION

  • 2018: Fuller & Scott Award – For outstanding early career contributions to the field, Behavior Genetics Association
  • 2017: Poster Award (Reviewers’ Choice Abstract), 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics
  • 2017: Finalist for oral presentation award in the XXV World Conference of Psychiatric Genetics
  • 2016: Finalist for oral presentation award in the XXIV World Conference of Psychiatric Genetics
  • 2016: Award for the best Thesis at the School of Psychology of the University of Murcia (Spain), years 2013-2014
  • 2015: Travel award, Australian Centre of Excellence in Twin Research (ACETR) Travel Grant Scheme
  • 2015: Travel award, Behavior Genetics Association
  • 2014: Poster award. 1st Annual Post-Doc Forum, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • 2014: Finalist for poster award in the XXII World Conference of Psychiatric Genetics
  • 2014: Travel award, International Society of Psychiatric Genetics
  • 2012: Award for the best paper of the II Conference of the Iberoamerican Association for the Investigation on Individual Differences – Area: Intelligence
  • 2012: Award for the best research work of the II Conference of the Iberoamerican Association for the Investigation on Individual Differences
  • 2012: Travel award, Iberoamerican Association for the Investigation on Individual Differences
  • 2011: Travel award, University of Murcia
  • 2010: Travel award, University of Murcia
  • 2008: Travel award, University of Murcia

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 2013: PhD Thesis: ‘Una aproximación integrada a la lactancia materna. De la Genética de la Conducta a la Psicología de la Personalidad’ [An integrative approach to breastfeeding. From Behavioral Genetics to Personality Psychology]. Supervisors: Professor Juan R. Ordoñana and Professor Rosa M. Limiñana Gras. European Doctor mention
  • 2010: University-specific degree Women’s health. Analysis from a Gender Perspective, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • 2010: M.Sc. Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Murcia, Spain
  • 2009: Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Extremadura, Spain
  • 2008: B Psychology, University of Murcia, Spain

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