Short CV/Education and training

  • 2009 – 2012
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Stanley Center for Psychiatric, Research and Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit

  • 2009
    Ph.D. Human and Molecular Genetics, Quantitative track, Advisor: Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA

  • 2004
    M.S. Neuroscience, Advisor: David A. Lewis, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

  • 2000
    B.A. Neuroscience, Psychology / Minor: Biology; Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Selected publications

  • Zhang R, Sjölander A, Ploner A, Lu D, Bulik CM, Bergen SE. Novel disease associations with schizophrenia genetic risk revealed in ~400,000 UK Biobank participants. Mol Psychiatry 2021.

  • Robinson N, Bergen SE. Environmental risk factors for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and their relationship to genetic risk: Current knowledge and future directions. Frontiers in Genetics 2021; 12: 999.

  • Leone M, Kuja-Halkola R, Leval A, D’Onofrio BM, Larsson H, Lichtenstein P, Bergen SE. Association of youth depression with subsequent somatic diseases and premature death. JAMA Psychiatry 2020 Mar 1;78(3):302-310.

  • Zhang R, Larsen JT, Kuja-Halkola R, Thornton L, Yao S, Larsson H, Lichtenstein P, Petersen LV, Bulik CM, Bergen SE. Familial co-aggregation of schizophrenia and eating disorders in Sweden and Denmark. Mol Psychiatry.

  • Bergen SE, Ploner A, Howrigan D, CNV Analysis Group and the Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, O’Donovan MC, Smoller JW, Sullivan PF, Sebat J, Neale B, Kendler KS. Joint contributions of rare copy number variants and common SNPs to risk for schizophrenia. Am J Psychiatry 2019 Jan 1; 176(1):29-35.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected to the Board of Directors for the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics for two terms, 2014 – 2024

  • Management Committee member for EU COST action “MINDDS”: Maximizing Impact of research in NeuroDevelopmental DisorderS, since 2019

  • Program Organizing Committee member for the 2021 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics meeting in Montreal, Canada (moved online), 2019 – 2021

  • Management Committee member for EU COST action “Engage”: Enhancing psychiatric genetic counselling, testing, and training in Europe, since 2018

  • Chair/Co-chair of the Early Career Investigator Program for the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, since 2018


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