Molecular Epidemiology of Ageing

We are interested in all thing omics, epidemiology, and ageing. Our group are based in the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Our primary research goal is to use computational models to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie Alzheimer’s disease, leading to enhanced prediction, and ultimately mitigation of the disease. We have a passion for research into ageing and, in particular, examining the genetic and environmental contributions to health and neurodegeneration.  


Nov: PhD students Caitlin Dollin and Lauren Crawford, from the University of Ulster, visit us for a fortnight.
Nov: Riccardo attends UK Biobank event in the House of Lords to celebrate the launch of 500k WGS data.
Aug: Josie Robertson joins us as an ECAT PhD student.
July: High school student Alex Cheng joins us for a 3-day work experience placement.
July: We host a local high school student for the afternoon to talk about career opportunities.
July: Riccardo gives a presentation to Alzheimer's Society fundraisers in NW England. 
June: Riccardo gives a keynote e-talk at the Epigenetics Bootcamp meeting (Columbia University, NYC).
June: Riccardo and Daniel are part of a UoE delegation to NTU Singapore to build a joint postdoc exchange program.
May: Two-day group retreat to the MRC IEU, Bristol.
May: Riccardo and Danni visit MIT Broad and Biogen with colleagues from Optima.
May: Daniel and Elena join the LBC team at the cohort reunion event.
May: Scott Pirrie (from Optima Partners) joins us p/t for his MSc in Biomedical AI.
April: Yipeng's Nature Aging paper gets covered by the national press.
April: Daniel and Riccardo join the GenScot team at the Edinburgh Science Festival.
March: Karla Monterrubio-Gomez joins the team as a post-doc on the AlzSoc grant.
March: Daniel and Danni join Optima Partners as p/t employees.
March: We host Prof Ewan Birney for his trip to IGC.

Oct : Riccardo gives a seminar to the Medicine of the Elderly team at the Western General Hospital.
Sep: Danni visits the McRae Lab at UQ.
Sep: Alesha Hatton joins us from the McRae Lab at UQ  for a 6-week research visit.
Sep: Hannah Smith joins the team for her PhD.
August: Riccardo is promoted to a Personal Chair in Molecular Epidemiology of Ageing.
June: Yipeng begins his Helsinki-based PhD work with Andrea Ganna at FIMM. 
June: Rob is awarded and begins a secondment fellowship at the MRC IEU, Bristol.
May: Danni wins best presentation at the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium conference
Feb: Our YouTube channel is launched!
Feb: EpiScores paper published in eLife along with Insight commentary article

Dec: Rob awarded the Sir Kenneth Mather Memorial Prize
Oct: Rob passes his viva with no corrections!
Oct: Alzheimer's Society grant begins. Elena Bernabeu joins the group as a postdoc
Sep: New Precision Medicine PhD student, Ola Chybowska, joins the group
July: Rob Hillary submits his PhD thesis
June: Dan Simpson passes his PhD viva!
Apr: Alzheimer's Society grant award
Apr: Riccardo joins the management team for the Biomedical AI PhD program
Apr:  Dan Simpson submits his PhD thesis
Feb: Anna passes her PhD viva with no corrections!

Nov: Riccardo is now a Co-Investigator of the Generation Scotland study
Nov: Anna submits her PhD thesis

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