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Ms Colette Christiansen

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Professional biography

I am a Staff Tutor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and I have been teaching statistics at the Open University since 2019.  I am currently completing PhD in Epigenetics at King's College London. Prior to moving into academia I was a consulting actuary.

Research interests

My research interests are in applying mathematics and statistics to biology, particularly in the field of genetics and epigenetics.  I chair the Mathematical Biology research group and I am keen to promote interdisciplinary working.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests are in statistics.  I currently teach M249 "Practical Modern Statistics" and have previously taught M140 "Introduction to Statistics".  In addition I am on the module team for M348 "Applied Statistical Modelling".


Accelerated epigenetic aging and DNA methylation alterations in Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy (2023)
Qannan, A; Bejaoui, Y; Izadi, M; Yousri, N; Razzaq, A; Christiansen, C; Martin, G; Bell, J; Horvath, S; Oshima, J; Megarbane, A; Ericson, J; Pourkarimi, E and Hajj, N
Human Molecular Genetics ((Early access))

Integrative genomic analyses in adipocytes implicate DNA methylation in human obesity and diabetes. (2023)
McAllan, Liam; Baranasic, Damir; Villicaña, Sergio; Brown, Scarlett; Zhang, Weihua; Lehne, Benjamin; Adamo, Marco; Jenkinson, Andrew; Elkalaawy, Mohamed; Mohammadi, Borzoueh; Hashemi, Majid; Fernandes, Nadia; Lambie, Nathalie; Williams, Richard; Christiansen, Colette; Yang, Youwen; Zudina, Liudmila; Lagou, Vasiliki; Tan, Sili; Castillo-Fernandez, Juan; King, James W D; Soong, Richie; Elliott, Paul; Scott, James; Prokopenko, Inga; Cebola, Inês; Loh, Marie; Lenhard, Boris; Batterham, Rachel L; Bell, Jordana T; Chambers, John C; Kooner, Jaspal S and Scott, William R
Nature Communications, 14(1) (p 2784)

Adipose methylome integrative-omic analyses reveal genetic and dietary metabolic health drivers and insulin resistance classifiers (2022)
Christiansen, Colette; Tomlinson, Max; Eliot, Melissa; Nilsson, Emma; Costeira, Ricardo; Xia, Yujing; Villicaña, Sergio; Mompeo, Olatz; Wells, Philippa; Castillo-Fernandez, Juan; Potier, Louis; Vohl, Marie-Claude; Tchernof, Andre; Moustafa, Julia El-Sayed; Menni, Cristina; Steves, Claire J.; Kelsey, Karl; Ling, Charlotte; Grundberg, Elin; Small, Kerrin S. and Bell, Jordana T.
Genome Medicine, 14, Article 75(1)

Age acquired skewed X chromosome inactivation is associated with adverse health outcomes in humans (2022)
Roberts, Amy L.; Morea, Alessandro; Amar, Ariella; Zito, Antonino; El-Sayed Moustafa, Julia S.; Tomlinson, Max; Bowyer, Ruth C. E.; Zhang, Xinyan; Christiansen, Colette; Costeira, Ricardo; Steves, Claire J.; Mangino, Massimo; Bell, Jordana T.; Wong, Chloe C. Y.; Vyse, Timothy J. and Small, Kerrin S.
eLife, 11, Article e78263

Novel DNA methylation signatures of tobacco smoking with trans-ethnic effects (2021)
Christiansen, C.; Castillo-Fernandez, J. E.; Domingo-Relloso, A.; Zhao, W.; El-Sayed Moustafa, J. S.; Tsai, P.-C.; Maddock, J.; Haack, K.; Cole, S. A.; Kardia, S. L. R.; Molokhia, M.; Suderman, M.; Power, C.; Relton, C.; Wong, A.; Kuh, D.; Goodman, A.; Small, K. S.; Smith, J. A.; Tellez-Plaza, M.; Navas-Acien, A.; Ploubidis, G. B.; Hardy, R. and Bell, J. T.
Clinical Epigenetics, 13(1)

Estrogen and COVID-19 symptoms: Associations in women from the COVID Symptom Study (2021)
Mullins, Edward; Costeira, Ricardo; Lee, Karla A.; Murray, Benjamin; Christiansen, Colette; Castillo-Fernandez, Juan; Ni Lochlainn, Mary; Capdevila Pujol, Joan; Macfarlane, Heather; Kenny, Louise C.; Buchan, Iain; Wolf, Jonathan; Rymer, Janice; Ourselin, Sebastien; Steves, Claire J.; Spector, Timothy D.; Newson, Louise R. and Bell, Jordana T.
PLOS ONE, 16(9) (e0257051)

Bayesian reassessment of the epigenetic architecture of complex traits (2020)
Trejo Banos, Daniel; McCartney, Daniel L.; Patxot, Marion; Anchieri, Lucas; Battram, Thomas; Christiansen, Colette; Costeira, Ricardo; Walker, Rosie M.; Morris, Stewart W.; Campbell, Archie; Zhang, Qian; Porteous, David J.; McRae, Allan F.; Wray, Naomi R.; Visscher, Peter M.; Haley, Chris S.; Evans, Kathryn L.; Deary, Ian J.; McIntosh, Andrew M.; Hemani, Gibran; Bell, Jordana T.; Marioni, Riccardo E. and Robinson, Matthew R.
Nature Communications, 11(1)

Twins and family epigenetic studies of Type 2 Diabetes
Christiansen, Colette; Potier, Louis and Bell, Jordana T
In: Li, Shuai and Hopper, John L eds. Twin and Family Studies of Epigenetics. Translational Epigenetics (pp. 105-118)
ISBN : 978-0-12-820951-6 | Publisher : Elsevier