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Sarah Hiles (PhD) is a post-doctoral researcher interested in relationships between mental and physical health.

In May 2015 she commenced an EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam. The project examines whether inflammation-related genetic polymorphisms or polygenic risk scores interact with unhealthy lifestyle in explaining variation in psychopathology.

From January to April 2015, she was funded by an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Australian Government, to work with Prof. Brenda Penninx examining data from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA).

Sarah obtained her PhD in March 2014 from the University of Newcastle, Australia for her thesis titled: The inflammation hypothesis of depression: cross sectional associations, temporal relationships and the confounds of comorbidity. She also holds an undergraduate honours degree in psychology (University of Newcastle, Australia), worked on mental health promotion programs at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health and conducted suicide prevention research at the Calvary Mater Hosptial, Newcastle