Silvia Paracchini 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

Come and work with us: new PhD project

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD scholarship to work with Dr Silvia Paracchini (School of Medicine) and Dr Margaret Leighton (School of Economics and Finance) at the University of St Andrews.

Background: Dyslexia, dyscalculia, developmental language disorder (DLD), stuttering, and ADHD are common neurodevelopmental disorders affecting about 10% children. In addition to the personal…


We are super-excited to announce that Silvia has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Time to celebrate!

Officially Dr Gostic!

At the winter graduation we celebrated Monika who received officially the well deserved PhD title. Happy days!


We did it! Our group took part to the Explorathon 2018, at a science fair hosted at the Dundee Science Centre on Saturday 29th September as part of the European Researchers’ Night and supported by the European Commission. We presented for the first time the ePeg, a...

Contact us

School of Medicine
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews, Fife
KY16 9TF

Tel: 01334 463542