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

BNA 2017

Next week (10-13 April) we will showcase our research at BNA 2017, Birmingham!!! Silvia will present at a symposium dedicated to the latest advances in the field of language genetics (Tuesday at 13.20).

We have two posters on brain imaging (P-M142; P-W133) discussing the work we are doing in collaboration with Joel Talcott’s group. These will be presented by Diandra Brkic and Gloria Romagnoli, both based at Aston University.

See you there!


  1. Seminar by Chris McManus
  2. PhD project