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Helen Spiers is a final year PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience’s MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London. The focus of Helen’s PhD has been to characterize life-course epigenetic dynamics across multiple tissue types, with a particular focus on DNA methylation changes associated with human brain development. Helen first became interested in epigenetics whilst studying Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Oxford University (2005 – 2009). After graduating in 2009 with an MBiochem Helen temporarily worked as a Medical Writer (2009 – 2011), before she began her research at King’s College London.