Saba Ishrat

PhD student

Research Area

Neurogenomics investigation in Alcohol-related brain damage


Saba Ishrat is an SSA-funded DPhil candidate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. Her research is centered on the study of alcohol-related brain damage and dementia risk integrating data from neuroimaging and genetics on the UK Biobank cohort. Her research method based on the Mendelian Randomization approach using genetic variants aims to infer a causal relationship between the modifiable risk factor and the health outcome. The study investigates cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis in mild, moderate, and heavy drinkers to explore pathologies associated with the microstructure properties of the brain as well as its functional connectivity.

Saba completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology from Aligarh Muslim University and a second Master’s degree in Cognitive Science-Neuroscience from the University of Trento. She worked as a Research Intern at Forschungszentrum Jülich and as a Junior Researcher at University Medical Center Utrecht. Her expertise is based on Medical Image Analysis using Neuroimaging techniques such as structural, functional, and diffusion MRI, which she further aspires to apply in addiction studies.