Associate Professor Divya Mehta

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Dr rer nat (Technical University of Munich)

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”.

Additional information

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2022
Details
Superstar of STEM 2021-2022. Chosen as one among 40 women academics in Australia through a rigorous interview process to be an advocate and role model for women in STEM.Superstars of STEM aims to smash society¿s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM. STA started Superstars of STEM to create a critical mass of celebrity Australian women who work as scientists and technologists - role models for young women and girls ¿ and to work towards equal representation in the media of women and men working in all fields in STEM.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2021
Details
Winner of the 2021 Queensland Young Tall Poppy Award. The award recognises excellence in early career research across the sciences, including engineering, mathematics, medical research and technology, along with a passion to communicate science to the community.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2020
Details
Women in STEM QLD Research prize finalist (winner to be decided)- One of 6 finalists in standing for 3 prizes. - Ranked top QUT candidate (out of 7) with >13k views
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2020
Details
Scientific Committee, Biological Psychiatry Australia
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2020
Details
Invited to be on the Editorial Board of the International journal (Impact Factor = 19.2) Brain Behaviour and Immunity.Brain Behaviour and Immunity is an international, interdisciplinary journal devoted to original research in neuroscience, immunology, integrative physiology, behavioral biology, psychiatry, psychology, and clinical medicine.
Type
Membership of Review Panels on Prestigious Grant Applications
Reference year
2023
Details
Invited to be on the NHMRC Grant Review Panel for the Ideas Grants (years 2020, 2022, 2023) providing expertise in genomics, statistics and mental health.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Meeting organiser and In Charge of Young Professionals Program, The InternationalMarcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health Meeting, India (International)
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.
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
1123072
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
1127952
Start year
2017
Keywords
Child development; Mental health; Emotion; Psychopathology; Longitudinal study