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Professor of Epigenetics, University of Exeter

Jonathan is Professor of Epigenetics at the University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS). He graduated with a degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, where he took a particular interest in cannibalism, before undertaking his PhD in psychiatric genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry. After spending three years as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, he returned to the Institute of Psychiatry to establish the Psychiatric Epigenetics group in the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. He was appointed as Professor of Epigenetics at UEMS in September 2012.

The research in Jonathan's group focuses primarily on the role of epigenetic processes in mediating the interplay between genes and the environment in common, complex disease phenotypes. Although their work is particularly focussed on neuropsychiatric phenotypes, their research spans the spectrum of biomedical disease phenotypes. Additional information can be found at


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    Professor of Epigenetics, University of Exeter