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Dr Gemma Sharp

Dr Gemma Sharp

Dr Gemma Sharp
BSc, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Molecular Epidemiology

Area of research

Epigenetic epidemiology

Office BS5
The Cleft Collective,
University of Bristol, Oakfield House BS8 2BN
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Research summary

My research interests relate to the prenatal origins of health and disease: how our genetics and the exposures we experience before birth might influence our lifelong health.

A lot of my work focusses on how epigenetic measures at birth might mediate and/or predict health outcomes in later life.  Within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit's Epigenetic Epidemiology Programme (PI: Caroline Relton), I lead a workstream on Prenatal and Childhood Epigenetics.

I also work with the Cleft Collective cohort study and have a particular interest in the causes and consequences of being born with a cleft lip and/or ...

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I am a lecturer and researcher in molecular epidemiology at the University of Bristol's MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU). I was born in Bristol and grew up a few miles south in Nailsea, North Somerset. In 2007 I graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (hons) in Biology and a certificate of higher education in Psychology. I then followed a part-time distance learning MSc in Reproduction and Development at the University of Bristol and graduated with distinction in 2008. From 2008 to 2010 I embarked on a PhD in Reprodutive Biology at the University of Edinburgh's MRC Centre for ...

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Selected publications

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Recent publications

  • Everson, TM, Zhang, H, Lockett, GA, Kaushal, A, Forthofer, M, Ewart, S, Burrows, K, Relton, C, Sharp, G, Henderson, J, Patil, V, Rezwan, FI, Arshad, H, Holloway, JW & Karmaus, W, 2019, ‘Epigenome-wide association study of asthma- and wheeze characterizes loci within HK1’. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology.
  • , Reese, SE, Xu, CJ, den Dekker, HT, Lee, MK, Sikdar, S, Ruiz-Arenas, C, Merid, SK, Rezwan, FI, Page, CM, Ullemar, V, Melton, PE, Oh, SS, Yang, IV, Burrows, K, Söderhäll, C, Jima, DD, Gao, L, Arathimos, R, Küpers, LK, Wielscher, M, Rzehak, P, Lahti, J, Laprise, C, Madore, AM, Ward, J, Bennett, BD, Wang, T, Bell, DA, Vonk, JM, Håberg, SE, Zhao, S, Karlsson, R, Hollams, E, Hu, D, Richards, AJ, Bergström, A, Sharp, GC, Felix, JF, Bustamante, M & others 2019, ‘Epigenome-wide meta-analysis of DNA methylation and childhood asthma’. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol 143., pp. 2062-2074

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