Therese Murphy



Therese graduated with an Honours Degree in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin in 2005 and subsequently completed a Health Research Board Ph.D. scholarship in Molecular Medicine in 2009. The main focus of Therese’s Ph.D. was investigating the role of DNA methylation in prostate cancer development, with a hope to identify potential markers of the disease. In addition to Therese’s PhD, she completed and was awarded a postgraduate diploma in statistics from Trinity College Dublin in 2007. In 2010, Therese was awarded a Craig Dobbins Newman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Research by University College Dublin based on her scientific proposal to examine how epigenetic mechanisms may contribute to suicide risk. In May 2013, Therese joined the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group in the University of Exeter, as a Research Fellow investigating epigenetic changes in depression and other complex diseases. In September 2015, Dr Murphy was appointed Lecturer in the Complex Disease Epigenetics Group. Therese has successfully obtained a number of internationally competitive fellowships/grants and most recently was awarded a prestigious 2014 NARSAD Young Investigator Award ($65,000) by the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation (USA).