Short CV/Education and training


  • 1996
    B.Sc. with Honours in Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

  • 2003
    Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA


  • 1999 – 2004
    Guest Researcher, Division of Parasitic Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, USA

  • 2004 – 2011
    Researcher, Department of Epidemiology Research, SSI

  • since 2011
    Senior Researcher, Department of Epidemiology Research, Statens Serum Institut (SSI), Copenhagen, Denmark

Selected publications

From 48 publications (per 24.06.2015):

  • Boyd HA, Basit S, Harpsøe MC, Wohlfahrt J, Jess T. Inflammatory bowel disease and risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. PLOS ONE 2015; in press.

  • Ranthe MF, Petersen JA, Bundgaard H, Wohlfahrt J, Melbye M, Boyd HA. Detailed family history of myocardial infarction: Associations with risk of myocardial infarction and potential implications for risk assessment. PLOS ONE 2015; in press.

  • Kaae J, Christensen L, Wohlfahrt J, Melbye M, Boyd HA. Epilepsy, anti-epileptic medication use and risk of cancer. Int J Cancer 2014; 134(4):932-938.

  • Boyd HA, Tahir H, Wohlfahrt J, Melbye M. Personal and family pre-eclampsia history and risk of early-, intermediate- and late-onset pre-eclampsia. Am J Epidemiol 2013; 178(11):1611-9.

  • Ranthe MF, Andersen EAW, Wohlfahrt J, Bundgaard H, Melbye M, Boyd HA. Pregnancy loss and later risk of atherosclerotic disease. Circulation 2013; 127(17):1775-1782.

  • Myking S*, Boyd HA*, Myhre R, Feenstra B, Jugessur A, Pay AD, Østensen I, Morken NH, Busch T, Ryckman K, Geller F, Magnus P, Gjessing HK, Melbye M, Jacobsson B, Murray JC. X-chromosomal maternal and fetal SNPs and the risk of spontaneous preterm delivery in a Danish/Norwegian genome-wide association study. PLoS One 2013; 8(4):e61781. *Shared first authorship

  • Ranthe MF, Winkel BG, Anderson EAW, Risgaard B, Wohlfahrt J, Bundgaard H, Haunsø S, Melbye M, Tfelt-Hansen J, Boyd HA. Risk of cardiovascular disease in family members of young sudden cardiac death victims. Eur Heart J 2013; 34(7):503-511.

  • Ranthe MF, Carstensen L, Øyen N, Tfelt-Hansen J, Christiansen M, McKenna W, Wohlfarht J, Melbye M, Boyd HA. Family history of premature death and risk of early-onset cardiovascular disease. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012; 60(9):814-821.

  • Biggar RJ, Poulsen G, Ng J, Melbye M, Boyd H. HLA antigen sharing between mother and fetus as a risk factor for eclampsia and pre-eclampsia. Hum Immunol 2010;71(3):263-267.

  • Øyen N, Poulsen G, Wohlfart J, Boyd HA, Jensen PKA, Melbye M. Recurrence of discordant congenital heart defects in families. Circ Cardiovasc Genet 2010;3:122-128.

Selected projects

  • Genetics of early-onset severe pre-eclampsia -- an exome genotyping and exome sequencing study

  • Exploring the links between pregnancy complications and cardiovascular disease -- a series of register-based, genetic and laboratory-based studies

  • Determinants of early death in schizophrenia -- a series of studies using the SURVIVE cohort

Additional qualifications


  • since 2010 Research group leader, Department of Epidemiology Research, SSI

  • 2008 – 2011 Leader, Female Reproductive Health working group, GENEVA (Gene-Environment Association Studies Consortium)


  • since 2015 Main Ph.D. thesis supervisor, Lisa Persson (Copenhagen University [KU] enrolment pending)

  • since 2015 Ph.D. thesis co-supervisor, Line Kruckow (KU enrolment pending)

  • 2013 – 2014 Research project supervisor, KU medical student Ottilia Vøgg

  • since 2013 Main Ph.D. thesis supervisor, KU student Ida Behrens

  • 2011 Master’s thesis co-supervisor, Linköping University student Hassaan Tahir

  • 2010 – 2014 Main Ph.D. thesis supervisor, KU student Mattis Flyvholm Ranthe

  • 2005 – 2011 Ph.D. thesis co-supervisor, KU student Jeanette Kaae

  • 2005 – 2010 Ph.D. thesis co-supervisor, KU student Tobias Torp-Pedersen

  • 2002 – 2003 M.P.H. thesis co-supervisor, Emory University (Atlanta) student Matthew Sacrinty


  • 2008 – 2011 Member, Phenotype Harmonization Committee and working groups on Oral Health, Caffeine and Wellness, GENEVA

  • since 2004 Peer-reviewer for: American Journal of Epidemiology, Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, BMJ, Circulation, Epidemiology, PLOS ONE

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills


  • English (fluent spoken and written; Interagency Language Roundtable scale [ILR] level 5)

  • French (fluent spoken and written; ILR level 4)

  • Danish (fluent spoken and written; ILR level 4)

  • Czech (working knowledge, spoken only; ILR level 2)

Other activities and achievements/family

Pregnancy/Maternity Leaves:

  • Jul 2011-Jun 2012

  • Sep 2008-Jun 2009


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