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Professor Leonard Schalkwyk

Position in departmentDirector of Research, Research Group Convenor (Genomics & Computational Biology)
Staff positionProfessor of Human Genetics
Telephone01206 873322

Originally a microbiologist from Canada, Leo studied at the University of Alberta, graduating in 1983. His PhD (Dalhousie University, 1991) was on genome mapping of Haloferax, an archaeon from the Dead Sea. He worked on genomic resources for several species and genome mapping of mouse in Hans Lehrach’s laboratory at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund laboratory in London and at the Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Genetik in Berlin. He was at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, King’s College London from 2000-2014, where he worked on functional genomics and epigenomics, identifying genes involved in behaviour in the mouse and in depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease in human. His research program is now widening to include environmental epigenetics ResearcherID,


1991 PhD in Biochemistry, Dalhousie University.  "Studies on the structure of the genome of Haloferax volcanii"
1983 BSc in Microbiology, University of Alberta

Current research

DNA methylation profiles in human blood and brain, methods and software for epigenomic studies. 

PhD Student:Tyler Gorrie-Stone

MSD Student:Alexandria Andrayas

Research interests
  • Genomic and epigenomic methods and software
  • Epigenomics and the environment
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Schizophrenia

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Leo's full publication list:  Essex Repository

2014 onwards publications:

2014- publications should appear here

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