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Krina Zondervan

BA MSc DPhil Oxf

Krina Zondervan is Professor of Reproductive & Genomic Epidemiology and Deputy Head of Department at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (NDOG), with a research group based at both NDOG and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. Her research focuses on understanding the causes of women’s health conditions through genomic and epidemiological (large population-based) approaches, in order to inform improved diagnostic and treatment options. Her work focuses in particular on endometriosis – a condition causing pain and infertility in an estimated 1.5 million women in the UK and 180 million worldwide. She is co-Director of the Oxford Endometriosis CaRe centre and leads a number of global collaborative initiatives in the field of endometriosis research including large-scale studies that have identified genetic variants involved in its development. Krina has taught epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and currently teaches genetic epidemiology on the MSc in Global Health Sciences, Nuffield Department of Population Health. She is also a mentor for early career scientists within the Medical Sciences Division.

Krina grew up in The Netherlands, where she obtained an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Leiden in 1995. She first arrived at the Hall in 1993 as an Erasmus exchange student in Biochemistry, and returned in 1995 to read for a DPhil in Epidemiology aided by a William R Miller postgraduate award. Her DPhil shaped and focused her research interests in women’s health. She subsequently obtained a Medical Research Council research training fellowship in Genetic Epidemiology (2001) and a Wellcome Trust Career Development fellowship (2007), which allowed her to build her research group. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and in 2013 was recognised as Outstanding Female Scientist (AcademiaNet), by Wellcome Trust nomination.

Krina re-joined the Hall in June 2016 as Fellow by Special Election.