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Chromosomes and Gene Expression

Programme Leader

Dr Richard Meehan

Contact Details

E-mail address:
Telephone: +44 (0)131 651 8548
Fax: +44 (0)131 651 8800
Address: MRC Human Genetics Unit MRC IGMM, University of Edinburgh Western General Hospital, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU
Research Programme: Epigenetic Mechanisms in Development and Disease



Richard Meehan is a genetics graduate of TCD (Dublin) and has been studying DNA methylation dynamics for over 25 years. Research landmarks include the identification of methyl-CpG binding proteins (MeCP1 and MeCP2), non-catalytic roles for DNMT1 and alternate hypotheses regarding DNA methylation reprogramming in development and disease states. He is currently a Professor at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh and investigating how 5-hydroxymethylcytosine profiling can be used as a cell identifier.


Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor
    • 1982, Bachelor of Science, 2:1, Trinity College Dublin
  • Doctorate
    • 1988, Doctor in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh