Prof Lindsey Kent
Professor of Molecular Psychiatry

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I graduated in Medicine from Aberdeen University in 1989. After basic General Medicine and Psychiatry training, I became a Clinical Lecturer in Child Psychiatry and obtained my PhD from the University of Birmingham in 1998. In 1999 I commenced a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics and subsequently moved to the University of Cambridge in 2003 as a University Lecturer. I was appointed as a Reader at the University of St Andrews in 2007 and promoted to Professor in 2009. I provide some clinical input into the General Adult Psychiatry service in Fife.

My research programme investigates the biological underpinnings of child psychiatric disorders, predominantly Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As part of the International ADHD Molecular Genetic Consortium I am involved in a variety of studies including an exome sequencing study. With collaborators in Germany, I am also pursuing gene expression studies in human post mortem brain tissue with some of the variants thought to be involved in ADHD susceptibility.

My interest in genetics is also translated into a variety of teaching activities predominantly to undergraduate medical students and I also teach clinical skills across the year groups. In 2012 I became the School Director of Admissions, and in 2015, I was appointed as the Chair of the Scottish Medical Schools Admissions Group.

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