Neurogenetics Research Group

Silvia Paracchini

Royal Society University Research Fellow

We are studying the genetic basis of complex cognitive and behavioural phenotypes. In particular we focus on the biology of dyslexia, a specific impairment in learning to read which is caused in large part by genetic factors. We are also interested in cognitive traits related to dyslexia such as general reading and language abilities. More recently we have become interested in handedness and in a complex link between dyslexia and laterality. We are using large scale screening involving genome-wide and functional genomics approaches to identify candidate genes or loci underlying these phenotypes. In parallel we are developing functional assays to understand the biological mechanisms that mediate genetic differences to phenotypic variation.

Recent News

Summer Science Exhibition 2016

Silvia has given a series of talks about handedness genetics at the Summer Science Exhibition 2016 held at the Royal Society in London. The talks were mainly attend by pupils from different secondary schools as well as visitors of all ages. It has been a great honour to showcase our work to such an important and high profile event.

  1. Welcome back Chiara!
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