Robert Hillary

Research Fellow


I am a molecular epidemiologist with an interest in using multiple lines of ‘omics’ data to understand biological mechanisms that underpin complex disease states. I hold an independent British Heart Foundation Immediate Fellowship to examine the utility of glycomics in predicting cardiovascular disease and related co-morbidities (2023-2027). I lead a multi-centre collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, University of Bristol, University College Dublin and Charité Medicine University Berlin in this programme. 

I previously held a one-year MRC-funded Fellowship to lead a collaborative epigenomics project between the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol and Institute of Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh (2022-2023). Prior to that, I held a six-month postdoctoral position in Epigenetic Epidemiology within the Marioni Group, University of Edinburgh (2021-2022). I obtained my PhD as part of the Wellcome 4-year PhD in Translational Neuroscience (2017-2021, University of Edinburgh), and I was awarded the Sir Kenneth Mather Memorial Prize by the Genetics Society for outstanding performance in population genetics based on my doctoral research.


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2021, PhD in Translational Neuroscience (funded by Wellcome Trust), The University of Edinburgh 

2020, Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

2017, BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology Major), First Class Honours with Highest Honours, National University of Ireland, Galway

Responsibilities & affiliations

Secretary for Molecular Epidemiology UK (

Research summary

  • Statistcal methods for integrating multi-omic data
  • Multi-omics approaches to study the role of proteins in disease 
  • The role of post-translational modifications in common disease states 

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