Nastassja Koen

I am a born-and-bred Capetonian, and received my medical degree (MBChB) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before completing my PhD in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health. My research interests include trauma- and stressor-related disorders among South African women, incorporating genetic and epigenetic correlations, as well as transgenerational effects. Currently, my work is nested within a multi-year birth cohort study following 1000 mother-offspring dyads in the Cape Winelands region, with a focus on epigenetic markers of maternal trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. I also look forward to continued involvement in the South African component of the NeuroGAP project. In the next five years, I hope to establish myself on the clinical-academic track. As such, I would hope to secure a faculty position at an academic institution, and to be engaged in neuropsychiatric genetics research conducted in South African and African populations. Extra-circularly, I enjoy hiking, running and actively planning my future with the 3-4 (slightly overweight) Labradors that I will one day adopt!