Institution/Company: University of St Andrews
Areas of Interest: Biomedical Sciences Cell and Molecular Biology Cognitive Sciences
Keywords: human genetics neurodevelopment cognition laterality molecular biology Bioinformatics
Silvia Paracchini is a neuroscientist working in the field of human genetics, interested in the molecular mechanisms contributing to neurodevelopment. Her research aims at understanding how DNA variation may contribute to common disorders, such as dyslexia, or human traits, like handedness. She uses a combination of different methods and technologies integrating epidemiology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, stem cell and animal research. Her work involves large multidisciplinary and cross-country collaborations.
Silvia has a degree in Biological Sciences from Pavia University and a DPhil in Human Genetics from Oxford University. She moved to St Andrews University in 2011 and since then has held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
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