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Dr. Derek Morris

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Psychiatry)


Dr. Morris graduated with a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 1998. In 2001, he completed his PhD in molecular genetics at the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK. The research undertaken during his PhD concentrated on trying to identify genes that contribute to reading disability / dyslexia. Since joining the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Group as a research fellow in 2001, Dr. Morris has worked on molecular genetic studies of schizophrenia. In 2003, he was awarded a HRB Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to investigate novel methods for mapping genes for complex diseases. In 2006, Dr. Morris was appointed Lecturer in Molecular Psychiatry within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  Bioinformatics   Biostatistics   GENE CONVERSION   GENE EXPRESSION   GENE MAPPING   GENE POLYMORPHISMS   Genetic/Molecular epidemiology   Genomic structure and function, molecular approaches to gene function   Human genetics   Mammilian and human genetics and genomics   Molecular population genetics   Psychiatric genetics   Psychiatry   Psychosis   Quantitative and molecular genetics   Quantitative genetics and genetics of complex traits   Schizophrenia
 Developing haplotype maps: a novel approach to identifying susceptibility genes for complex disorders

Fahey C, Byrne S, McLaughlin R, Kenna K, Shatunov A, Donohoe G, Gill M, Al-Chalabi A, Bradley DG, Hardiman O, Corvin AP, Morris DW, Analysis of the hexanucleotide repeat expansion and founder haplotype at C9ORF72 in an Irish psychosis case-control sample., Neurobiology of aging, 35, (6), 2014, p1510.e1-1510.e5 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Mothersill O, Morris DW, Kelly S, Rose EJ, Fahey C, O'Brien C, Lyne R, Reilly R, Gill M, Corvin AP, Donohoe G, Effects of MIR137 on fronto-amygdala functional connectivity., NeuroImage, 90, 2014, p189-95 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Li, M., Luo, X.-J., Rietschel, M., (...), Wright, M.J., Su, B., Allelic differences between Europeans and Chinese for CREB1 SNPs and their implications in gene expression regulation, hippocampal structure and function, and bipolar disorder susceptibility, Molecular Psychiatry, 19, (4), 2014, p452-461 , Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Rees E, Walters JT, Chambert KD, O'Dushlaine C, Szatkiewicz J, Richards AL, Georgieva L, Mahoney-Davies G, Legge SE, Moran JL, Genovese G, Levinson D, Morris DW, Cormican P, Kendler KS, O'Neill FA, Riley B, Gill M, Corvin A, Sklar P, Hultman C, Pato C, Pato M, Sullivan PF, Gejman PV, McCarroll SA, O'Donovan MC, Owen MJ, Kirov G, CNV analysis in a large schizophrenia sample implicates deletions at 16p12.1 and SLC1A1 and duplications at 1p36.33 and CGNL1., Human molecular genetics, 23, (6), 2014, 1669-1676 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Corvin A, Morris DW, Genome-wide Association Studies: Findings at the Major Histocompatibility Complex Locus in Psychosis., Biological psychiatry, 75, (4), 2014, p276-83 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Donoghue T, Morris DW, Fahey C, Da Costa A, Moore S, Cummings E, Leicht G, Karch S, Hoerold D, Tropea D, Foxe JJ, Gill M, Corvin A, Donohoe G, Effects of ZNF804A on auditory P300 response in schizophrenia., Translational psychiatry, 4, 2014, pe345 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Thompson, P.M., Stein, J.L., Medland, S.E., (...), Lawrence, N.S., Drevets, W. , The ENIGMA Consortium: large-scale collaborative analyses of neuroimaging and genetic data , Brain Imaging and Behavior, 2014, p1-30 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Kenny EM, Cormican P, Furlong S, Heron E, Kenny G, Fahey C, Kelleher E, Ennis S, Tropea D, Anney R, Corvin AP, Donohoe G, Gallagher L, Gill M, Morris DW, Excess of rare novel loss-of-function variants in synaptic genes in schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders., Molecular psychiatry, 19, 2014, p872-879 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McCarthy, S.E., Gillis, J., Kramer, M., (...), McCombie, W.R., Corvin, A. , De novo mutations in schizophrenia implicate chromatin remodeling and support a genetic overlap with autism and intellectual disability, Molecular Psychiatry, 19, 2014, p652-658 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lencz T, Knowles E, Davies G, Guha S, Liewald DC, Starr JM, Djurovic S, Melle I, Sundet K, Christoforou A, Reinvang I, Mukherjee S, DeRosse P, Lundervold A, Steen VM, John M, Espeseth T, Räikkönen K, Widen E, Palotie A, Eriksson JG, Giegling I, Konte B, Ikeda M, Roussos P, Giakoumaki S, Burdick KE, Payton A, Ollier W, Horan M, Donohoe G, Morris D, Corvin A, Gill M, Pendleton N, Iwata N, Darvasi A, Bitsios P, Rujescu D, Lahti J, Hellard SL, Keller MC, Andreassen OA, Deary IJ, Glahn DC, Malhotra AK, Molecular genetic evidence for overlap between general cognitive ability and risk for schizophrenia: a report from the Cognitive Genomics consorTium (COGENT)., Molecular psychiatry, 19, (2), 2014, p168-74 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Morris DW, Nangle JM, Kiely B, Corvin A, Gill M. , The molecular basis of schizophrenia: a complex genetic disorder. , Irish Psychiatrist, 5, 2004, p134 - 137, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Nangle JM, Morris DW, Gill M. , SNPs explained, Irish Psychiatrist, 5, 2004, p61 - 62, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Alltech Student Scholarship 1997
HRB Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2003