Professor Andrew Jackson is a Programme Leader at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh. He is also an honorary consultant in Clinical Genetics, and was elected as a member of EMBO in 2013, and as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014. He trained in Medicine in Newcastle, graduating BMedSci in 1990 and MBBS in 1993. His clinical and research postgraduate training was in Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield, with his PhD undertaken in the laboratory of Prof Geoff Woods on the molecular basis of primary microcephaly.
Over the past 15 years his research has focussed on the identification of genes for inherited neurological disorders and in defining the functional role of the proteins they encode. The Jackson lab has discovered over twenty human disease genes acting in growth and inflammation, all involved in fundamental cellular processes. From a starting point of human disease, his research goal is to provide new insights into basic biological processes.