Silvia Paracchini Research Group


The Neurogenetics group at the University of St Andrews is directed by Prof Silvia Paracchini. We are studying the genetic basis of complex cognitive and behavioural phenotypes. In particular we focus on the biology of dyslexia, a specific difficulty 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. We work with collaborators based in different countries and with expertise in different disciplines.


Recent news

SLDN Public Event

The Specific Learning Difficulties Network (SLDN) hosted their first public event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh focusing on education. The event included a lecture by Prof Brian Butterworth, a panel discussion, an exhibition and a workshop with focus on teachers'...

More PhD opportunities

Check out these new opportunities to join our group. We are inviting applications for a PhD in cardiovascular genomics in collaboration with Sam Pitt's group and a EngD project in cancer genomics using AI approaches hosted by Canon Medical Research...

New PhD opportunity

We are inviting application for a PhD in psychiatric genomics in collaboration with the University of Bonn. The deadline is on 31 March. More details here:...

Congratulations Filippo!

Well done Filippo for a successful PhD viva! Many thanks to the examiners Dr Claudio Toma and Dr Michail Papathomas. We are very proud but sad we could not celebrate in person.

New Consortium Papers

After years of hard work from international and cross-disciplinary research teams, we are happy to see two papers from the GenLang Consortium published in recent weeks. The studies report the GWAS results for reading/literacy measures and for dyslexia. Read more about...

Contact us

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

Tel: 01334 463542
email: [email protected]