MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit


Current lab members


Professor Andrew Jackson FRS

Principal Investigator

Sirli Anniko Research Technician

Paula Carroll

Research Technician

Dr Maggie MacDonald (formerly Harley)

Research Coordinator and PA

Dr Carol-Anne Martin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Gráinne Neary

ECAT-V Clinical Lecturer/PhD student

Dr David Parry

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Martin Reijns

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Diana Rios Szwed Postdoctoral Researcher

Andrea Robertson (formerly Leitch)

Senior Research Technician and Area Supervisor

Dr Lukas Tamayo Orrego Postdoctoral Researcher, EMBO fellowship


Former lab members

Dr Patricia Heyn

Postdoctoral Researcher, DAAD fellowship

Current position: Senior Research Fellow, Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich, Germany

Dr Thomas Williams

ECAT Clinical Lecturer/PhD student

Current position: Wellcome Trust Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Dr Frauke Liebelt

Postdoctoral Researcher

Current position: Scientific Manager, Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz, Germany

Dr Olga Murina

Postdoctoral Researcher, SNSF fellowship, EMBO fellowship

Current position: Associate Principal Scientist at AstraZeneca UK, Cambridge

Dr Jennie Murray

IGC Clinical Research Fellow

Current position: Consultant Clinical Geneticist, NHS, Edinburgh

Dr Žygimantė Tarnauskaitė

PhD student

Current position: Research Scientist at Adrestia Therapeutics, Cambridge

Adeline Fluteau 

Research Technician

Current position: Assistant Scientist at Stilla Technologies, Paris, France

Dr Louise Cleal

Translational Postdoctoral Scientist

Current position: Trainee Clinical Scientist, NHS, Edinburgh

Dr Clare Logan

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position: Field Application Scientist at Illumina, Edinburgh

Dr Karen Mackenzie

Postdoctoral Researcher

Current position: SCREDS Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Genetics, University of Edinburgh

Dr Rachel Challis

Translational Postdoctoral Scientist

Current position: Clinical Scientist, NHS, Cambridge

Dr Kaalak Reddy

Postdoctoral Researcher

Current position: Research Faculty position at The RNA Institute, University at Albany - State University of New York, USA

Dr David Hunt

Clinical Research Fellow

Current position: Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, UK Dementia Research Institute, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Mahwish Mian Mohammad

MSc student 

Current position: PhD student, Gustave Roussy Cancer Institute, Paris, France

Dr Mihail Halachev

Postdoctoral Researcher

Current position: Bioinformatician with Colin Semple, Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh

Dr Fay Cooper 

PhD student, joint with Robert Hill

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher with Sir Jim Smith, The Francis Crick Institute, London

Dr Louise Bicknell 

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position: Principal Investigator/Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Dr Anna Klingseisen 

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position: Research Fellow with Josef Priller, UK Dementia Research Institute, University of Edinburgh

Dr Sarah Cox (now McGlasson) 

PhD student, joint with Julia Dorin 

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher with David Hunt, UK Dementia Research Institute, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Dr James Ding 

Research Technician 

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher with Gisela Orozco, University of Manchester

Dr Katy Astell 

PhD student 

Current position: Research Assistant/Lab Manager with Dirk Sieger, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Dr Ailsa Revuelta 

Research Technician 

Current position: Trainee Clinical Scientist, NHS, Edinburgh

Dr Rachel Rigby 

PhD student & Postdoctoral Researcher

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher with Jan Rehwinkel, MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford

Dr Björn Rabe 

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position: Medical Science Liaison, Bial International Pharmaceutical Group, Germany

Rachel White 

Research Technician 

Current position: Research Technician with Steve Pollard, Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre, University of Edinburgh

Dr Bertrand Vernay 

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position: Imaging Facility Manager, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Dr Ellie Griffith 

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position: Director of Health, Genome British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dr Kathryn Brunk 

PhD student 

Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, DKFZ German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg, Germany