This website was originally set up in 1999, whilst I was still riding as a jump jockey for the champion racehorse trainer Martin Pipe. I retired from riding in 2002 and much of the original racing content of the site can be accessed using the links at the top of the page. After retiring from race riding I worked in a number of managerial jobs and in 2007 I decided to do a degree to further my knowledge and strengthen my CV.
I obtained a first class honours degree in Equine Management from the Royal Agricultural College and I have provided further information on my undergraduate work here. I greatly enjoyed my time studying for my undergrad degree, and I found studying genetics really fascinating and I decided to pursue a second career working in this field.
In 2011, I began a four year PhD entitled 'Managing genomic diversity in the course of selection' at the Roslin Institute which is part of the University of Edinburgh. More info on my postgraduate work can be found here or by clicking the link on the postgraduate link towards the top of the page.
I am currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow examining the genetics of depression in humans. This is a three year position within a project known as Stratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinally (STRADL) which is funded by the Wellcome Trust. You can see my boss talking about the project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1LrHmXHYLw. Below are links to published papers of my research and also papers that I have contributed to:
Use of haplotypes to identify regions harbouring lethal recessive variants in pigs
Howard, D. M., Pong-Wong, R., Knap, P. W. & Woolliams, J. A. Genetics Selection Evolution, (2017). 49:57
Assessing the presence of shared genetic architecture between Alzheimer's disease and major depressive disorder using genome-wide association data.
Gibson, J., et al. Translational Psychiatry, (2017) 7:e1094
Exploration of haplotype research consortium imputation for genome-wide association studies in 20,032 Generation Scotland participants
Nagy, R., et al. Genome Medicine, (2017). 9:23
Genome-wide regional heritability mapping identifies a locus within the TOX2 gene associated with Major Depressive Disorder
Zeng, Y., et al. Biological Psychiatry, (2016).
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