Welsh Crucible 2013
William obtained an M.Biochem degree at the University of Bath, and went on to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge. After four years of postdoctoral work at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge and Cardiff University, William was employed as an RCUK Fellow at Cardiff University; he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University in 2012. His research aims to identify and characterise genetic variants that might predispose to psychiatric illness, and encompasses work in both animal models and healthy and clinical human populations. He is particularly interested in the influence of genes on the sex chromosomes, and how they might influence sex-specific behaviours and sex-specific vulnerability to developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD. William is also interested in how psychiatric illness is viewed by society, and in identifying routes by which patients might receive optimal diagnosis and treatment.