Silvia Paracchini

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Dr Silvia Paracchini FRSE is a geneticist who researches the contribution of genetic variation to neurodevelopmental traits such as dyslexia and human handedness.[1][2]


As an undergraduate, Paracchini studied Biological Sciences at the University of Pavia, Italy.[3] During this time she undertook an ERASMUS scholarship project at the Technical University of Denmark.[4] She obtained her DPhil in Human Genetics from the University of Oxford in 2003.[3]

Career and research[edit]

After obtaining her doctorate, Dr Paracchini held a post-doctoral research position with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics from 2003 to 2011.[5][6] In 2011, she obtained a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.[7] Her research group at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine explores the genetic underpinnings of human behavioral traits like handedness, and underdevelopment disorders like ADHD and dyslexia.[3][8]

Honours and prizes[edit]

In 2019, Dr Paracchini featured in the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Women in Science in Scotland exhibition, which celebrated some of Scotland’s leading female scientists[13].


  1. ^ "Silvia Paracchini: Dyslexia and Genetics - Nuffield Department of Medicine". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  2. ^ "Public Engagement – Why are some people left handed? | School of Medicine". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ a b c "Science Scotland". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ "Being a woman in science: Changed times? – University of Edinburgh's Science Magazine". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  5. ^ "Dr. Silvia Paracchini - AcademiaNet". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  6. ^ "Dyslexia gene is carried by 15% of population". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  7. ^ a b "Silvia Paracchini | Royal Society". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  8. ^ "Neurogenetics Research Group". Neurogenetics. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  9. ^ "European Society of Human Genetics: Young Investigator Award Winners". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  10. ^ "YAS Members - Silvia Paracchini". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  11. ^ "Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology - University of St Andrews". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  12. ^ "Dr Silvia Paracchini FRSE". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. 2019-03-15. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  13. ^ "Women in Science Exhibition". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2019-06-05.