Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Divya Mehta
Position(s)
Principal Research Fellow
Faculty of Health,
School of Biomedical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Psych and Counc - HDHS
Discipline *
Other Medical and Health Sciences, Psychology
Phone
+61 7 3138 6080
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

Dr rer nat (Technical University of Munich)

Professional memberships
and associations

Editorial roles:

1) Brain Behaviour and Immunity Journal, Editorial Board

2) Frontiers in Genetics, Editorial Board

 

International Consortia membership:

1) Posttraumatic stress disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium

2) Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium

3) Biological Psychiatry Australia

4) Society of Biological Psychiatry

5) European College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Keywords

Genomics, Psychiatric genetics, Biostatistics, PTSD, Depression, Epigenetics, Gene expression

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Employment History: Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT and Adjunct Research Fellow Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland (current – 2019). Research Fellow Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland (2013-2016). Postdoctoral Researcher (2009-2013), Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany.  

Career Overview: I am a geneticist and biostatistician working at the interface of psychiatry, statistics and molecular genetics. My biology foundation together with Human Genetics advanced training has driven me to my current field of interest and research in the application of statistical methods in psychiatric genetics. My inter-disciplinary background provides me with a strong theoretical foundation of basic biology and genetics to allow me to interpret the data in a meaningful way and test for specific biological and statistical hypothesis.

Selected Awards and Grants: Over 20 research awards/travel grants over the last 5 years including the CINP Rafaelson Young Investigator Award 2016, QUT Vice Chancellors Research Fellowship 2016, NARSAD Young Investigator Award 2015, University of Queensland Early Career Researcher Grant 2015, Annual Chadwick Center Lectureship 2014, Radys Hospital San Diego, U.S.A., European Psychiatry Association Research Prize 2014 and International College of Neuropsychopharmacology Rafaelson Young Investigator Award 2013.

Overall track record: I have published >75 articles in top-rank journals including Science and Nature, with first authored papers in leading journals such as PNAS, JAMA Psychiatry and Archives of General Psychiatry, 2nd author on a Nature Genetics and Nature Neuroscience papers and last author in Genome Biology. I have co-authored three invited book chapters in genomics and psychiatry. My field-weighted citation index (September 2020) is 5.64.

Research Support:

I have received over $3 Million in research funds as Chief Investigator. Some examples are shown below:

1) National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant (2017-2021), AUD 1.2 Million, Project – “Mapping the specific pathways to early-onset mental health disorders”.

2) National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant (2017-2021), AUD 846k, Project – “Integrated model of environmental, neurodevelopmental, and epigenetic resistance and responsiveness to early intervention in childhood psychopathology”.

3) Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation research grant (2017-2018), $33k, “Identification of inherited versus combat-induced epigenetic changes in PTSD”

4) QUT MCR pilot QUT mid-career researcher pilot grant (2017-2018), $10k, “Epigenetics in monozygotic twins to dissect the biological aetiology underlying PTSD”

5) Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR) Pilot Grant (2017-2018), AUD 11k, Project – “Identification of attention bias modification–induced epigenetic changes in binge drinking young adults”.

6) QUT Vice Chancellors Research Fellowship (2016-2019), AUD $373,463. Project – “Trans-generational epigenetic inheritance of DNA methylation changes in Australian veterans with PTSD and their children”.

7) NARSAD Young Investigator Grant (2015-2018), Brain and Behavior Foundation, AUD $90,000. Project – “Early predictive biomarkers for Postpartum depression”.

8) The University of Queensland Early Career Researcher Grant, AUD $40,000, 2015-2016. Project – “To investigate the biological mechanisms underlying the long-term beneficial effects of pregnancy for Multiple Sclerosis”.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Divya Mehta.

Teaching

1) 2020 – Unit coordinator of “Genetic Epidemiology” LQN302 unit, within the Master of Clinical Diagnostic Genomics LS81, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I have written and developed this Masters unit.

2) 2020 – Basic statistics workshop, 1st year Biomedical Sciences core unit, QUT.

3) 2020 “Epigenetics and Health” lecture, QUT undergrad 3rd year core unit in Physiological Psychology.

4) 2018 –”Stress and Health” lecture, QUT undergrad 3rd year core unit in Physiological Psychology.

5) 2015, 2014 and 2013 – Biomedical Sciences undergraduate course (BIOM 3200): Bioinformatics workshop – Statistical analysis using R, The University of Queensland.

6) 2014 and 2013 – Tutor, Genetics workshop, Australian Brain Bee Challenge, The University of Queensland. Aimed to motivate high school students to learn about the brain via laboratory demonstrations, inspiring them to pursue careers in neuroscience.

7) 2015 and 2014 – Wrote and supervised the UQ third year undergrad “Human Molecular Genetics and Disease” course Problem-Based Learning “Multifactorial disease” module

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Divya Mehta.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2017
Details
QUT Vice Chancellors Research Fellowship 2016
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2017
Details
The WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR STRESS-RELATED AND ANXIETY DISORDERS, WASAD 2017 meeting Invited Symposium speaker
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
CINP (Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum) Rafaelson Young Investigator Award 2016 - Awarded this prestigious award for my research in stress and PTSD. - Included travel and accommodation for the meeting in Seoul, a certificate, chance to present my research and a cash stipend.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
An Integrated Model of Environmental, Neurodevelopmental, and Epigenetic Resistance and Responsiveness to Early Intervention in Childhood Psychopathology
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
APP1123072
Start year
2017
Keywords
Child health;Psychopathology;Parenting;Early intervention;Epigenetics.
Title
Mapping the Specific Pathways to Early-Onset Mental Health Disorders
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
APP1127952
Start year
2017
Keywords
Child development;Mental health;Emotion;Psychopathology;Longitudinal study