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Dr Robert Young

Academic Track Lecturer (Zhejiang), The University of Edinburgh

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I am a Tenure-Track Lecturer at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh and I hold a joint appointment at the Zhejiang University – University of Edinburgh (ZJE) Institute.


I graduated with an MSc in evolutionary genomics and genome analysis from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and completed my PhD in functional genomics at Balliol College, University of Oxford in 2012. From 2012-2019, I was a post-doctoral research associate at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh where I worked on various projects in evolutionary, population and functional transcriptomics.


My current research focuses on understanding the noncoding regulation of medical phenotypes, using evolutionary history as a tool to understand how this variation arises, persists, and contributes to disease risk and burden. At ZJE, I teach on a variety of undergraduate courses specialising in biomedical informatics, genomics, and applied data science.


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