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I am professor in social science genetics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam at the Department of Economics.

My research investigates how genes influence economic behavior, and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research. Some of my work also explores how the brain mediates relationships between genes and human behavior. I am one of the principal investigators and co-founders of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC), the BIG BEAR Consortium, and the Externalizing Consortium.

I am also the chairman of the DeSci Foundation and co-founder of DeSci Labs - two initiatives that aim to make science more replicable, accessible, transparent, and fairer based on web3 technologies.

Recent publications

"Human brain anatomy reflects separable genetic and environmental components of socioeconomic status", H. Kweon, G. Aydogan, A. Dagher, D. Bzdok, C.C. Ruff, G. Nave, M.J. Farah, P.D. Koellinger. Forthcoming at Science Advances. On bioRxiv.

"Within-sibship genome-wide association analyses decrease bias in estimates of direct genetic effects", L.J. Howe et al., M.G. Nivard, T.T. Morris, ... P.D. Koellinger, ... B. Brumpton, G. Hemani, N.M. Davies.  Nature Genetics, May 2022. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41588-022-01062-7. Also on bioRxiv

"Polygenic prediction of educational attainment within and between families from genome-wide association analyses in 3 million individuals", A. Okbay, ..., P.D. Koellinger, ..., P. Turley, P.M. Visscher, J.P. Beauchamp, D.J. Benjamin, A. Young. Nature Genetics, 54, 437-449, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-022-01016-z 

"Associations between alcohol consumption and gray and white matter volumes in the UK Biobank", R. Daviet, G. Aydogan, K. Jagannathan, N. Spilka, P. Koellinger, H. Kranzler, G. Nave, R. Wetherill. Nature Communications 13, 1175,  Mar 2022. . Also on bioRxiv

"Genetic risk scores in life insurance underwriting", R. Karlsson Linnér & P.D. Koellinger. On medRxivJournal of Health Economics, 81:102556, Jan 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2021.102556. Also on medRxiv.

Policy report

"Genome-wide association studies, polygenic scores and social science genetics: overview and policy implications", 2019, Report for the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Publications Office of the EU, doi:10.2760/948992

Genetic data in the German Socio-Economic Panel

"Cohort Profile: Genetic data in the German Socio-Economic Panel Innovation Sample (Gene-SOEP)", P.D. Koellinger, A. Okbay, H. Kweon, A. Schweinert, R. Karlsson Linnér, J. Goebel, D. Richter, L. Reber, B.M. Zweck, D. Belsky, P. Biroli, R. Mata, E. Tucker-Drob, K.P. Harden, G. Wagner, R. Hertwig. On bioRxiv.

Last update: May 17th, 2022