Meet the team

Julie Williams

"Gene therapies are increasingly being used in medicine and its possible we could be looking at multiple gene therapies in dementia in the next 10-15 years. The possibilities are out there, we just need to understand what the mechanisms are first." Julie Williams
UK DRI Centre Director

A world leader in the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Welsh Government, Prof Julie Williams leads the UK DRI as Centre Director at Cardiff. With a background in Psychology, Julie obtained her PhD from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. She joined University of Wales College of Medicine in 1991 as a Research Assistant, rising to Reader in Neuropsychological Genetics. As a co-lead in global initiatives her group has contributed to the discovery of over 40 susceptibility loci for AD. These findings implicate the role of immunity in disease development and specifically the contribution of microglia. Computational genetics of AD shows it to be a disease of multiple components which together, allow the prediction of those at high risk. Julie’s contribution to the field was recognised with a CBE in 2012. She is also an advocate for women in STEMM, commissioning a report that aimed to address the gender imbalance in science, published in 2016. Julie is also a member of the Council of the Academy of Medical Sciences and their champion in Wales.

1. Studying the genetics of Alzheimer's disease

2. Team members

Dr Dobril Ivanov (UK DRI Emerging Leader)
Dr Natalie Connor-Robson (UK DRI Emerging Leader)
Dr Gaynor Smith (Lecturer and Momentum award holder)
Dr Owen Peters (Lecturer and Momentum award holder)
Dr Bilal Malik (Postdoctoral Researcher - Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow)
Dr Gabriel Bernardo Harrington (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Dr Atahualpa Castillo Morales (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Dr Hazel-Hall Roberts (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Dr Kimberly Jones (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Dr Daniel Maddison (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Dr Adele Pryce-Roberts (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Dr Bethany Shaw (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Rachel O'Donoghue (Research Assistant)
Dr Rebecca Sims (Senior Researcher)
Leonardo Amadio (Technician)
Rachel Marshall (Technician)
Jincy Winston (Technician)
Cerys Ballard (PhD student)
Uroosa Chungtai (PhD student)
Hannah Clarke (PhD student)
Pete Greer (PhD student)
Laura Kleckner (PhD student)
Andrew Lloyd (PhD student)
Eilish Mackinnon (PhD student)
Freja Sadler (PhD student)
Elisa Salis (PhD student)
Freya Storer (PhD student)
Louise Townsend (PhD student)
Catherine Widnall (PhD student)
Cameron Lewis (Student)
Florence van der Zee (Student)

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