Amir Sariaslan

Postdoctoral Researcher


Genomic associations with educational attainment: Why should we even care?

Decades of behaviour genetic research have consistently demonstrated that educational attainment is a considerably heritable trait. In nationally representative twin studies conducted in the UK, for instance, it has been shown that over half of the individual differences in GCSE scores are attributable to genetic factors. In the recent years, researchers have increasingly turned to genomic approaches to understand educational attainment and as a result, we currently have an extensive list of genetic variants that are associated with the trait. In my talk, I will give a brief overview of these developments and discuss how this line of research could potentially be used in the future to help more children improve their educational attainment.


Amir Sariaslan is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychiatric Genomics at the Karolinska Institutet. His current work focuses on understanding the genetic architecture linking schizophrenia with cognitive abilities by combining a wide range of epidemiological and genomic approaches. His earlier work has questioned the causal nature of the associations between socioeconomic status and a wide range of behavioural outcomes (e.g., criminality, substance misuse and psychiatric disorders) and examined the genetic and environmental determinants of violence risk in psychotic disorders.