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

Dr Rebeca Diaz!!!

Many congratulations Rebeca for succesfully defending your PhD thesis! And many thanks to the examinars Dr Gareth Miles (internal) and Prof Richard Wade-Martins (University of Oxford); and special mention to Angela who made it possible to celebrate with proper Italian baking.


  1. PhD scholarship!!!
  2. Firbush Scientific Retreat