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 Expert  729794

Expert in Behavioural and Molecular Genetics, Circadian Biology, Neurodegeneration, Statistics

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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert's main line of research is in behavioural neurogenetics, particularly circadian rhythms, and Huntington's disease. He uses transgenic animal models (Drosophila, mice) and the main thrust is in understanding the molecular basis of these phenotypes. The circadian work is aimed at medical intervention for the 25% of the working population that works shifts, and has serious health problems that shorten lifespan, with the ultimate aim of developing drugs to counter internal temporal desynchronisation. The Huntington's disease work is also aimed at finding drug targets to alleviate the symptoms of the disease. The work involves statistical analysis, molecular genetics, basic transmission genetics, mutational processes in clock genes and neurobiology. Expert also has experience in transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of circadian rhythms, and further expertise is also in comparative and evolutionary approaches to clocks. This includes population and ecological analyses of clock gene frequencies in nature that can be used as biomarkers for global warming.

animal disease model




drug discovery


eukaryotic gene


gene characterization


genetic disease


genetic mutation process








Huntington disease


molecular biology


molecular genetics


transgenic animal

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1973   BSc   Psychology   University of Birmingham   First class Honours
1978   PhD   Behavioural and Population Genetics   University of Sheffield  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1984 to


(Undisclosed University)




Professor of Behavioural Genetics


His responsibilities include teaching genetics (evolutionary, developmental, medical) to both biological science and medical students. He also runs a large research laboratory. He has also been Head of Department.

1981 to 1984


University of Edinburgh




Research Fellow


He ran an independent research laboratory.

1978 to 1981


Brandeis University




Postdoctoral Fellow


He was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr Jeffrey Hall

1976 to 1978


University of Edinburgh




University Demonstrator


His main responsibility was teaching Psychology to undergraduates as well as maintaining his research laboratory.

Career Accomplishments:

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences since 2000; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Fellow 2002-2007; Society for Research in Biological Rhythms - Associate Editor of Society Journal; Behavior Genetics Association - Associate Editor of Journal; Genetical Society of Great Britain; Genetical Society of USA.

Professional Appointments

Editor of Journals of Biological Rhythms and Behavior Genetics; Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Committee.


Aschoff's Rule 1998- award of Society of Research in Biological Rhythms for outstanding achievement.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 100 primary publications, many in the very best general journals, and about 50 reviews. He also regularly writes for the Times Higher Educational Supplement.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Cell Death Differ  
 - Elsevier  
 - Cell Press  
 - AAAS  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He was involved in defending a patent over several years for Glaxo.
  • He was involved as a consultant for planning new developments at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has been used as an expert in a number of patent law cases, where his statistical skills were used to successfully defend a patent.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1991 to 2011   Italy   Visiting professor, University of Padova,
1995 to 1995   Italy   Visiting Professor, University of Lecce
2001 to 2010   USA   Visiting Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, New York

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
Greek   He was a native Greek speaker before learning English. His Greek is still passable
Italia   He can get by
French   He can get by

Market Research:
Expert has been mostly involved as an expert in patent defence.

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Additional Skills and Services:

Expert has give a huge number of invited seminars all over the world in the last 35 years as well as a number of specialised international postgraduate courses in the USA, Italy and India.

Other Skills and Services

He is frequently asked to appear on TV and radio programmes discussing various scientific issues, including more ethical/moral dilemma, such as the teaching of creationism in schools.


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