Emily’s experience

I have just completed my final year studying preclinical Medicine at St Andrews. For my dissertation I was fortunate enough to join the Neurogenetics group. Here I undertook a laboratory based project investigating the genetic aetiology of dyslexia and Specific Language Impairment (SLI). As recipient of the Wolfson Award, my work was sponsored by the Royal College of Physicians in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. The project has given me my first taste of lab based research and provided a fantastic balance of practical laboratory methods and statistical analysis. I have been working on a project aimed at replicating novel candidate genes for SLI identified through genome-wide association studies. The experience has furthered my desire to undertake a mixture of clinical and academic work in the future. I look forward to taking the project further over Summer with a view to publication.

Emily Frinton

Welcome Ana and Becka!

We are very excited two summer students will be with us over the summer and we are very grateful to their sponsor. Ana Sharma, studying second year medical student, is supported by a Wellcome Trust Vacation scholarship and Becka Hughes, studying biology, was a warded a scholarship by Medical Research Scotland. Both Ana and Becka will work with a variety of technologies we are developing in lab to study the functional mechanisms underlying genetic associations with cognitive and behavioural traits. They will be using different approaches ranging from functional genomics, stem cells, zebrafish and CRISPR genome editing.