Research Team

Chief Investigator

Dr Golam Khandaker
Welcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow
Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Group Members

Bianca Oltean, Research Assistant

Bianca is a research assistant in the InPsych Research Group, working on the Insight Study . She holds a BSc First Class Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Hull and an MSc in Neuroscience from King’s College London for which she received a distinction. She worked in Prof Mitul Mehta’s psychopharmacology group at KCL before joining the InPsych research group.


Emanuele Osimo, Academic Clinical Fellow

Emanuele is Academic Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. He is interested in electronic health records for clinical research, wearable tech and genetics. He completed his medical training and an MSc in neuroscience from Milan, and recently a MRC research fellowship in Prof Oliver Howes’ group in Imperial College London.


Joel Parkinson, Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Joel is a post-doc in the InPsych lab. He is working on the Insight study and other immunopsychiatry studies of depression. For his MRes research at the University of Birmingham he studied the effects of motor learning on brain network connectivity. During this work, he developed an interest in utilising neuroimaging methods that could have clinical implications, leading to a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen. During his PhD, Joel investigated effects of physical exercise on functional brain networks in depression.


Éimear Foley, Research Assistant

Éimear is a research assistant in the InPsych Research Group and is working on the Insight Study. She holds a BSc in Psychology from Leiden University, the Netherlands and an MSc (Res) First Class in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience with a specialisation in Neuropsychology from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Before joining the InPsych research group, Éimear worked at Boston University School of Medicine researching Alzheimer’s disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.


Benjamin Perry, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

Ben is an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and SpR in Psychiatry. A recent arrival in Cambridge, Ben previously worked as an Academic Clinical Fellow in the West Midlands, obtaining an MSc in Health Research from the University of Warwick. He completed his MBBS at Barts and The London in 2013. Ben's PhD is focussed on better understanding the interplay between psychiatric and cardiometabolic disorders, particularly in investigating shared links with inflammation. He is employing a diverse set of genetic and observational epidemiological methods in his PhD.


Anna Chaplin, PhD Student

Anna is a PhD student in the InPsych Research Group, jointly supervised by Dr Golam Khandaker and Prof Peter Jones. Her work focuses on better understanding the relationship between depression and cardiovascular disease, particularly via shared links with inflammation. Anna holds an MPhil in Pharmacology from the University of Cambridge where she developed her interest in molecular epidemiology.


Zheng Ye, Post-Doctoral Epidemiologist/Data Scientist

Zheng is a post-doc in the InPsych Research Group, with a specific interest in biomarkers, genetics, and nutrition in depression and anxiety. He uses the large-scale datasets such as UK Biobank to identify a causal association in depression and anxiety. Before joining Golam’s group in June 2019, he held positions at departments in the University of Cambridge such as CIMR in the Department of Medical Genetics, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Department of Computing at Imperial College London, Institute of Life Sciences at Swansea University, Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, and Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Alumni

Alexander Chu, MPhil student

Alexander completed MPhil in Public Health at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health in 2017. He carried out a longitudinal study of low-grade inflammation and symptoms of depression in the ALSPAC birth cohort for his dissertation supervised by Dr Khandaker. He received distinction for his dissertation. He is now undertaking further studies in Harvard.


Dr Svetlana Filatova, visiting PhD student

As a visiting PhD student from University of Oulu, Finland, Svetlana worked under the supervision of Dr Khandaker for three months in Cambridge. For her PhD, supervised by Prof Jouko Miettunen, Svetlana studied the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders particularly psychosis in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 and 1986 leading to several publications . She is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turku, Finland.


Nils Kappelmann, visiting MSc student

As a visiting student from Maastricht University, Nils completed six-month research internship in Cambridge under Dr Khandaker’s supervision (2015). He carried out a meta-analysis of the antidepressant activity of anti-cytokine drugs published in Molecular Psychiatry , and epidemiological studies of childhood infection/inflammation, IQ and psychotic disorders using population-based Swedish data. Nils received a distinction for his MSc dissertation. He is now studying for a PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany.


Nathalie Mackinnon, MPhil student

Nathalie examined the relationship between childhood infections, systemic inflammatory markers and general intelligence in the ALSPAC birth cohort for her MPhil in Public Health dissertation in Cambridge Institute of Public Health, jointly supervised by Dr Khandaker and Prof Peter Jones (2015). The work has been published in Epidemiology and Infection . She is now studying medicine at McGill University, Canada.


Stephen Metcalf, MPhil student

Stephen studied the relationship between serum CRP levels in adolescence and risk of schizophrenia subsequently in adulthood in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 for his MPhil in Epidemiology dissertation in Cambridge Institute of Public Health, jointly supervised by Dr Khandaker and Prof Peter Jones (2015). A peer reviewed article based on this work has been published in Brain, Behaviour and Immunity . He received a distinction for his MPhil dissertation.


Sarah Rabhi, MPhil student

Sarah studied the relationship between early life adversity and systemic inflammatory markers in childhood in the ALSPAC birth cohort for her MPhil in Epidemiology dissertation in Cambridge Institute of Public Health, jointly supervised by Dr Khandaker and Prof Peter Jones (2014). She is now working for GSK.


Caroline Siebald, MPhil student

Caroline studied the relationship between childhood psychiatric disorders and subsequent mood and psychotic symptoms in adolescence in the ALSPAC birth cohort for her MPhil in Public Health dissertation in Cambridge Institute of Public Health, jointly supervised by Dr Khandaker and Prof Peter Jones (2014). The work has been published in Comprehensive Psychiatry . She received a distinction for her dissertation.


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