NEUROGENETICSSilvia Paracchini Research Group
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.
The neurogenetics group took part to this year SoapBoxScience event in Edinburgh. SoapBoxScience is aimed at promoting the visibility of women in STEM while discussing science with the general public. Silvia was one of the speakers on a soap box. Judith and Filippo...
Silvia gave a talk at the 6th International conference on Biophotonics ICOB2019. This was a great opportunity to showcase our work on functional characterization of genes implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders.
See our latest preprint; another collaboration with Dr Marietta Papadatou-Pastou looking at the link between handedness and mathematical abilities. This is the first output by Filippo!
Filippo represented the group at IBANGS 2019 in Edinburgh. He gave a short presentation on a symposium on laterality and cognition. This included the latest development of our projects with many collaborator around the world. Check out some of the action at #IBANGS2019.
Silvia features in this new exhibition organised by the Royal Society of Edinburgh celebrating women in science. Here you can find a guide of the event. The exhibition launch coincided with an event featuring Silvia together with the current and former RSE Presidents,...