Academic interests and current project
Ziada Ayorech is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the PROMENTA Research Center. Her project entitled Genetics, Geography and the Intergenerational Transmission of Maternal Depression Risk (GenGeoRisk), combines genomic analyses and geographical location data to tackle three barriers in the genetics of depression:
Lack of success in identifying specific genetic variants
Inadequate account of environmental risk factors in genetic research
Ziada is trained in Behavioural Genetics from the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Center at King’s College London, where she has honed skills in quantitative and molecular genetic techniques to investigate gene-environment correlation.
Her areas of interest include educational attainment, intergenerational social mobility, and psychiatric disorders.
She is also a big proponent for research communication and has written press releases, filmed explainer videos and conducted radio, and newspaper interviews.
Radio interview - Genetics of media use. In this live BBC radio 4 interview Ziada discusses genetic influences on social media use:
Online Science Videos
Genetics of Social Mobility. In this three-minute video Ziada describes a recent publication using polygenic scores and the twin design to investigate intergenerational social mobility—the relationship between parental social status and the social status attained by their offspring:
Genetics of educational choice. In this three-minute video Ziada describes a recent publication using the twin design to investigate the role of genetics in subject choice and achievement at the end of compulsory education in the UK:
TEDS The Journey So Far. Ziada interviewed study participants alongside Impact Media Specialist and former BBC journalist David Martin, who filmed and directed this 30-minute video on the breakthrough scientific findings from over 20-years of studying the 20,000 UK twin participants in the Twins Early Development Study.