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RM is a genetics graduate of TCD (Dublin) and has been studying DNA methylation dynamics for over 25 years. Research landmarks include the identification of methyl-CpG binding proteins (MeCP1 and MeCP2), non-catalytic roles for DNMT1 and alternate hypotheses regarding DNA methylation reprogramming in development and disease states. He is currently a Professor at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh and investigating how 5-hydroxymethylcytosine profiling can be used as a cell identifier.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor in Philosophy, Molecular Genetic Analysis of Hepatic Cytochrome P-450s., University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

Bachelor of Science, Trinity College Dublin

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982


  • QH426 Genetics
  • DNA Methylation
  • Epigenetics
  • Transcription
  • Chromatin biology
  • Disease
  • Developmental Biology
  • Repression
  • Cellular identity
  • Reprogramming
  • DNA repeat silencing
  • Germ line


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