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

Stephen Gethins’ visit to the lab

We are delighted to welcome our MP Stephen Gethins as part of the Royal Society Westminster Pairing Scheme. Silvia spent a week in London shadowing Stephen back in December (read more about it here) learning about how the Parliament works. Stephen visited our lab accompanied by Ian Hudghton MEP. We discussed our research program highlighting the importance of mobility and international collaborations. Yes, as you might have guessed Brexit was on the menu for the day….

 

 

  1. New group members!
  2. Congratulations Irene!