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Dr Gert Mertes

Dr Gert Mertes

Gert Mertes

Postdoctoral Researcher

Gert is a postdoctoral researcher with the wearables group at the BDI. His current research focuses on genomic discovery for activity phenotypes using accelerometer data in the UK Biobank. The goal is to associate genetic variants with behavioural activity traits, which can lead to a better understanding of the underlying causes of disease and new drug targets. Gert’s research interests include activity recognition, machine learning for disease prediction and time-series analysis. 

Before joining the BDI, Gert was with the Department of Engineering Science where he worked on deep learning models for foetal ECG analysis and clinical time-series data. Gert received his PhD from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. His doctoral studies included work on machine learning models for food-intake monitoring and assistive technology for older adults living independently.

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