Dr Mandy Johnstone

Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist

Background

Dr. Mandy Johnstone completed her PhD in Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London. She qualified in Medicine at the University of Glasgow and trained as a psychiatrist at The Institute of Psychiatry and then in Edinburgh where she is now a Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist.

Research summary

Dr Johnstone’s research interests are in the clinical and molecular mechanisms underlying schizophrenia and affective disorders. Over the past several years she has been investigating whether copy number variants (CNVs) contribute to susceptibility in families multiply affected with schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.

Dr Johnstone's research is now focused on how schizophrenia risk is conferred at a cellular level through comparative studies of neural tissue derived from individuals with and without disease-associated mutations. Her goal is to better understand the molecular pathophysiology of schizophrenia, and other neurodevelopmental disorders, using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) as in vitro models.

Related links

Psychiatric disorders research at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Stem cell biology & regenerative neurology research at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Mandy Johnstone research group at the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine