Bill is Professor of Translational Genomic Medicine in The Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Chair Clinical Reference Group Genomic Medicine
Clinical Head of Division in Genomic Medicine Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Chair Education Committee, European Society of Human Genetics
Director of the Greater Manchester Genomic Medicine Centre for the 100,000 Genomes Project
I am a clinician scientist. I studied Medicine at Manchester University and completed professional training in adult medicine in the North West of England. I started training in Clinical Genetics in 1995 and undertook a PhD as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellow on the genetics of bone development and osteoarthritis in the Wellcome Trust Cell Matrix Centre. I moved to Toronto to undertake a two year Arthritis Society Fellowship with Professor Kathy Siminovitch where I worked on the genetic basis of rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
I took up my post as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Genetics at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant at St Mary's Hospital in 2004 and was awarded my Chair in 2013. My research has focussed on pharmacogenetics - defining the genetic factors that influence how patients respond to their medications. I have an interest in rare diseases and have discovered a number of genes responsible for a range of conditions, and complex mutational mechanisms that lead to these.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
American Society of Human Genetics
European Society of Human Genetics
British Society of Genetic Medicine