I am a Reader at Cardiff University, where my research interests are the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that influence brain function and mental disease. I received my PhD from the University of Cambridge, and did post-doctoral research at the Babraham Institute and Department of Psychiatry in Cambridge.
Since moving to Cardiff University in 2006, my group has continued to address what imprinted genes are doing in the brain, but increasingly how they may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders. We are also interested in whether imprinted genes expressed in the brain are affected by the maternal environment (e.g. diet). Similarly, more recent research is investigating whether changes in the placental expression of imprinted genes can influence both maternal behaviour and later offspring outcomes. Finally, we are also involved in work characterising the role of epigenetic processes more generally in neurodevelopment and the aetiology of neuropsychiatric illness.
In addition to my research, I am also the Deputy Director for the Wellcome Trust Integrative Neuroscience PhD Programme at Cardiff University and the Neuroscience and Mental Health lead for the GW4 MRC BioMed Doctoral Training Programme.