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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

Leonardo Tozzi, Angela Carballedo, Friedrich Wetterling, Hazel McCarthy, Veronica O'Keane, Michael Gill, Derrek Morris, Ciara Fahey, James Meaney, Thomas Frodl, Single Nucleotide Polymorphism of the FKBP5 Gene and Childhood Maltreatment as Predictors of Structural Changes in Brain Areas Involved in Emotional Processing in Depression., Neuropsychopharmacology, 41, 2016, p487-497 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mothersill O, Tangney N, Morris D.W, McCarthy H, Frodl T, Gill M, Corvin A, Donohoe G, Further evidence of alerted default network connectivity and association with theory of mind ability in schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Research, 2016, Notes: [Export Date: 27 January 2017 Article in Press], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Booij L, Szyf M, Carballedo A, Frey E.-M, Morris D, Dymov S, Vaisheva F, Ly V, Fahey C, Meaney J, Gill M, Frodl T, DNA methylation of the serotonin transporter gene in peripheral cells and stress-related changes in hippocampal volume: A study in depressed patients and healthy controls, PLoS ONE, 10, (3), 2015, p011906-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Baurecht H, Hotze M, Brand S, Büning C, Cormican P, Corvin A, Ellinghaus D, Ellinghaus E, Esparza-Gordillo J, Fölster-Holst R, Franke A, Gieger C, Hubner N, Illig T, Irvine AD, Kabesch M, Lee YA, Lieb W, Marenholz I, McLean WH, Morris DW, Mrowietz U, Nair R, Nöthen MM, Novak N, O'Regan GM, Schreiber S, Smith C, Strauch K, Stuart PE, Trembath R, Tsoi LC, Weichenthal M, Barker J, Elder JT, Weidinger S, Cordell HJ, Brown SJ, Genome-wide comparative analysis of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis gives insight into opposing genetic mechanisms., American journal of human genetics, 96, (1), 2015, p104-20 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Donohoe, G., Rose, E., Morris, D., Authors' reply, The British Journal of Psychiatry, 206, (4), 2015, p344-, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hamshere ML, Walters JT, Smith R, Richards AL, Green E, Grozeva D, Jones I, Forty L, Jones L, Gordon-Smith K, Riley B, O'Neill T, Kendler KS, Sklar P, Purcell S, Kranz J; The Schizophrenia Psychiatric Genome-wide Association Study Consortium (PGC), Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium+ (WTCCC+), Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium 2 (WTCCC2), Morris D, Gill M, Holmans P, Craddock N, Corvin A, Owen MJ, O'Donovan MC. , Genome-wide significant associations in schizophrenia to ITIH3/4, CACNA1C and SDCCAG8, and extensive replication of associations reported by the Schizophrenia PGC., Molecular Psychiatry, 18, (6), 2014, p708-12 , Notes: [PMID: 22614287], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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

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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