Professor Lawrence Wilkinson

Professor Lawrence Wilkinson

Scientific Director, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

Lawrence Wilkinson is Professor of Behavioural Genetics, a position he holds jointly in Cardiff University's Schools of Medicine and Psychology.

Professor Wilkinson's research activities are focused on how genetic and epigenetic mechanisms influence the way the brain functions. He works closely with colleagues within the Behavioural Genetics Group (BGG) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics in Cardiff and with academic and industrial colleagues nationally and internationally.

Professor Wilkinson and his colleagues in the BGG bring to the Research Institute particular expertise in pre-clinical genetic models, with a strong emphasis on moving findings from pre-clinical models into a better understanding of mental and neurological illness in people.

Working alongside colleagues from the School of Psychology and the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, Professor Wilkinson's current research focuses on: epigenetic effects on brain and behaviour; sex chromosome effects on behaviour and risk for mental disorder; the functional relevance of risk genes for schizophrenia and; familial forms of dementia.