Penghao Xia

Research Areas

  • Effects of cultural engagement on mental health
  • Gene-environment interplay
  • Causal modelling



Academic Education

Since 2023

PhD candidate in Medical Science at

Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany

Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
2020–2022MSc in Genes in Behaviour and Health, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2014–2018BSc in Applied Psychology, Hunan Normal University, China

Academic Experience


Internship (on Project - GWAS driven Neural Network architecture for complex human traits prediction using GenNet framework), supervised by:

Dr. Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dr. Gennady Roshchupkin, Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands


Internship (on Project - Inferring stress level with additional heart rate from accelerometry), supervised by:

Dr. Martin Gevonden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Research assistant, supervised by:

Dr. Zifu Shi, Hunan Normal University, China