Michelle Luciano


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S26, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • I am available Mon-Thurs, but please email me to schedule a specific time.


I use twin and family modelling to investigate the relative influence of genes and environment on behavior, genome-wide association techniques for gene discovery, plus other analyses to explore the effects of rare and structural genetic variants, gene methylation and biological pathways. I am also interested in the interaction between measured environmental variables with genes.

Undergraduate teaching

Behavioural Genetics Psychology Honours option course.

Postgraduate teaching

Individual Differences in Mental Health component on the MSc in Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) Programme.

Office hours:

I am flexible with meetings, so please just drop me an email, knock on my door or phone to organise a time.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Please contact me to discuss any topics related to my research interests.

I have a funded project on air pollution and dementia available: https://www.ed.ac.uk/usher/precision-medicine/project-opportunities/21-22-projects/air-pollution-and-dementia-exploring-genetic-cardi

and a funded project on predicting ageing outcomes by integrating social and genetic information: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/improving-prediction-of-ageing-outcomes-by-integrating-social-environmental-and-genetic-information/?p125945 

A specific project on the genetics of reading and language is available and would involve multivariate twin modelling of such data, alongside molecular genetic analysis, including epigenetic investigations.


Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Environmental and genetic factors contributing to cognition, personality, mood, well-being and brain MRI measures.