Evelina Akimova

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Nuffield College

Evelina Akimova

Postdoctoral Researcher


Evelina Akimova’s main research areas are health inequalities, chronotype, and wellbeing where she adopts a sociogenomic approach to understand the complex interplay between biological and socio-demographic determinants of health outcomes. She also focuses on applying molecular genetics to advance the understanding of how mental health problems, and genetic predispositions to these problems, are associated with labour market decisions, trajectories, and experiences.

She received her DPhil in Sociology at the University of Oxford in 2021. Since June 2021, she has been working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Biosocial Research at the Department of Sociology and the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science. She is working on a project funded by the ERC Advanced Grant CHRONO led by Prof. Melinda Mills.

Research areas: Chronotype, mental health and wellbeing, using methods from computational social science and statistical genetics.  


Selected Publications

Mills, M.C., Tropf, F.C., Brazel, D.M. et al. Identification of 371 genetic variants for age at first sex and birth linked to externalising behaviour. Nature Human Behaviour (2021).

Akimova, E.T., Breen, R., Brazel, D.M., Mills, M.C. Gene-environment dependencies lead to collider bias in models with polygenic scores. Scientific Reports 11, 9457 (2021).

Dowd, J.B., Ding, X., Akimova, E.T., Mills, M.C. Health and inequality: the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The British Academy (2021)

Mills, M., Rahal, C., Akimova, E.T. (2020). Face masks and coverings for the general public: Behavioural knowledge, effectiveness of cloth coverings and public messaging. The Royal Society 26 (2020)