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Dr Annie Yarwood (PhD) - personal details

Contact details

Role: Research Associate


Arthritis Research UK Centre for Genetics and Genomics
Centre for Musculoskeletal Research
Institute of Inflammation and Repair
The University of Manchester
Manchester Academic Health Science Centre Room 2.903 Stopford Building 
Oxford Road
M13 9PT





During my degree I carried out a three month research project investigating the expression of a serotonin receptor implicated in mood disorders.  The project gave me experience in several laboratory techniques including cell culture, quantitative PCR, siRNA knockdown of gene expression and data analysis. My degree also included a one year placement in the Discovery Genetics department at GlaxoSmithKline in Harlow. 

Upon completion of my degree in 2007, I decided that Genetics was the field in which I wanted to dedicate my career. I went on to do my PhD at The University of Manchester, based in the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit.  The aim of my PhD was to follow up a genetic locus which had previously been associated with risk of rheumatoid arthritis using fine mapping to identify the causal variants.

During my PhD I gained experience in bioinformatics tools required for experiment design and investigation of genetic architecture, several laboratory techniques including high throughput genotyping, cell culture, DNA and RNA extraction and gene expression analysis. I also received extensive statistical training allowing me to quality control and analyse large datasets using STATA and PLINK software packages.

Upon being awarded my PhD in December 2011 I started working as a research associate within the unit. 


  • PhD in Genetic Epidemiology (University of Manchester)
  • Bsc (Hons) Cellular and Molecular Bioscience, 1.0 (Sheffield Hallam University)


I teach on the MsC Rheumatology Course.

I also co-supervise an MsC student.