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 Sam Washer

Sam Washer

PhD student

RILD Building 4.03

I graduated with a with a First Class degree in BSc Medical Science from the University of Exeter in 2016. During which I undertook a year in research examining the functional genetics of cardiovascular development at the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, under the supervision of Dr Bill Chaudhry and Prof Deborah Henderson. I have a particular interest in functional genetics and neuroscience, which were the focus of my dissertation and now my PhD.

Asides from research I am a keen musician. I play the saxophone and trombone in the University Big Band and Concert Band and can usually be found writing music at my piano at home.

Qualifications

  • 1st BSc Medical Sciences (Hons) (with Professional Training Year), University of Exeter

Research

Research interests

My PhD entitled “Using functional Epigenetics to dissect the molecular architecture of schizophrenia”, involves analysing the impact of genetic and epigenetic changes associated with schizophrenia at a molecular level by using modern genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR. My supervisory team includes Dr Emma Dempster, Dr Aaron Jeffries and Prof Jonathan Mill, and I work within the complex diseases epigenetics group based at the RILD. 

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