John Williams

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PhD, University of Birmingham, 2021

MSc, University of Leicester, 2015

ALB, Harvard University, 2014


John studied molecular biology in the US before doing postgraduate education in bioinformatics in the UK. He learned genetics at the MRC Harwell Institute's Mammalian Genetics Unit, working in the Biocomputing group. He's been at UoB since 2016, working in the Gkoutos Group.

Research interests

John is broadly interested in neuropsychiatric genetics, including those involved in chronobiology, autism, schizophrenia, and cognitive decline. His reseach involves genes and traits in big data. On the trait side, it includes characterizing neurobehavioral phenotypes with biomedical ontologies and working with derived imaging phenotypes from MRI. On the genomic side, it encompasses GWAS, genetic epidemiology, and combining biomarkers with genomic data in machine learning models. Ultimately, he would like to advance the understanding of neuropsychiatrid disease. 


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