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Dr Jess Buxton
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

My scientific interests lie in understanding the contribution of genetic variation and genomic integrity to human disease. For my PhD, I investigated the molecular pathology underlying myotonic muscular dystrophy, a triplet repeat disorder. This was followed by postdoctoral work at UCL Institute of Child Health, studying the genomic imprinting disorder Angelman syndrome. I then took a career break for family reasons, during which time I worked for Progress Educational Trust, a UK charity that works to engage the public and policymakers in genetics and related areas of science. I returned to scientific research in 2009, following the award of a Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowship. This funded my research into the identification of genetic, epigenetic and other factors affecting telomere length - an indicator of cellular ageing and an independent risk factor for age-related metabolic dysfunction - undertaken at Imperial College London. I re-joined UCL in 2014, where my current research is focussed on the identification of interactions between imprinted and non-imprinted loci. This will inform the further study of human imprinting disorders, and of gene regulation in general.

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I lecture on the Cardiovascular Genetics Module for the Cardiovascular Science and Genetics of Human Disease MSc courses, and supervise postgraduate student research projects.

Academic Background
2016 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Higher Education Academy
1996 Dip. Diploma – Science Communication Birkbeck College
1992 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Human Genetics University of London
1988 BSc Bachelor of Science – Genetics University of Leeds
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