Michael Mackley recently completed his doctorate in Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. His research interests are in inherited disease and the realisation of genomic medicine in clinical practice. He is particularly interested in the rapid translation of genomic technologies into the clinic, and the need to explore the impact and implications that these technologies have for patient care and society at-large.

With experience in lab-based clinical genetics research prior to his doctoral studies, Michael conducted his doctoral research at the interface of clinical research and social sciences. Under the supervision of Professors Hugh Watkins and Dr Elizabeth Ormondroyd (Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine) and Michael Parker (Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health) his research explored the issue of cardiac secondary findings in whole-genome sequencing–findings that have potential health benefits, but are unrelated to the indication for which the testing was ordered.

Michael is currently a medical student at Dalhousie University, where he continues to conduct research on clinical genomics and its impact on society.


  • 2017–present
    Medical Student, Dalhousie University
  • 2014–2017
    Doctoral Candidate, University of Oxford


  • 2017 
    University of Oxford, DPhil