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Laura Portas

MSc, MScRes, PhD


Researcher in Genomic Discovery

Laura has an MSc in Biology, an MScRes in Bioinformatics, and a PhD in Epidemiology/Biostatistics.

She spent several years as a statistical geneticist at the National Research Council of Italy focusing on the genetic epidemiology of common complex-trait diseases in isolated genetic populations. She also worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Epidemiology/Medical Statistics at Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London, on large-scale genetic epidemiological projects.

In June 2022, Laura joined the wearables group at the Big Data Institute and Nuffield Department of Population Health as a postdoctoral researcher in genomic discovery. Her current research focuses on reproducible genomic discovery analyses using novel wearable-derived phenotypes in the context of cardiometabolic disease.