Nisa Rizki Rainy (PhD student)

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in understanding the role of parents and siblings in shaping children’s development, with a focus on understanding the genetic and environmental mechanism(s) –and their interplay – by which genetic liability towards mental health disorders eventuates into realised difficulties for children.  

For my PhD research I will be using large-scale family polygenic score data from several longitudinal cohorts to better understand the intergenerational paths linking genetic liability (indexed by polygenic scores), parent-child relationships (e.g., measures of parenting), and child developmental and behavioural outcomes (e.g., psychopathological traits). The findings will further our understanding of causation for child mental health problems,  the viability of using polygenic scores as predictive tools in psychiatry, and will inform parenting interventions. 


Dr Emma Meaburn (Birkbeck, University of London)

Dr Bonami Oliver (Institute of Education, UCL)


PhD Psychology | Psychological Sciences Department | Birkbeck, University of London (2022 – present)

MSc Developmental Sciences (Distinction)| Psychological Sciences Department | Birkbeck, University of London (2021 – 2022)

Medicine Doctor (MD) Clinical Clerkship Program | Faculty of Medicine | Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia (2012 – 2014)

Bachelor Medicine Education | Faculty of Medicine | Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia (2008 – 2012)

Research Experience

2022 – MSc Thesis 

Research Project: “Assessing the causal relationship between breastfeeding and intelligence: A two-sample Mendelian randomization study”

Supervisor: Dr Emma Meaburn (Psychological Sciences Department, Birkbeck, University of London)

2016 – 2017 – Research Assistant

Research Assistant at Immunology Research Centre, Universitas Padjadjaran, in collaboration with Rheumatology Division, Hasan Sadikin National Hospital, Indonesia.

Project: Hasan Sadikin Lupus Registry (cohort study)                                                                                                                  

Supervisor: Dr. dr. Laniyati Hamijoyo SpPD-KR, M.Kes (Rheumatology consultant, Hasan Sadikin National Hospital, Indonesia)


Hamijoyo, L., Sapartini, G., Rahmadi, A. R., Wachjudi, R. G., Dewi, S., Ghrahani, R., Praptama, S., Rainy, N. R., Usman, S. Y., Suryajaya, B. S., Candrianita, S., Sutedja, E., & Setiabudiawan, B. (2022). Comparison of clinical presentation and outcome of childhood-onset and adulthood-onset of systemic lupus erythematosus among Indonesian patients. Lupus31(6), 759–764.

Hamijoyo, L., Candrianita, S., Rahmadi, A. R., Dewi, S., Darmawan, G., Suryajaya, B. S., RainyN.R., Hidayat, I. I., Moenardi, V. N., Wachjudi, R. G. (2019). The clinical characteristics of systemic lupus erythematosus patients in Indonesia: a cohort registry from an Indonesia-based tertiary referral hospital. Lupus, 0, 1–6.

Awards and funding

Bloomsbury College PhD Studentship 2022

Birkbeck Access to Postgraduate Scholarship 2021

Birkbeck International Excellence Scholarship 2021