Department of Biological and Medical Sciences


  • Post doctoral researchers

    Dr Hayley S Mountford

    PhD in Molecular Genetics, University of Melbourne (2016)

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


    Phone number: + 44 (0)1865 483276


    Location: Headington Campus, Oxford

    I am an early career researcher in the Newbury lab. I use a range of bioinformatic and molecular biology techniques to study how genetics influences human learning through extreme traits. My main interests are:

    • how genetic variants underpin common neurodevelopmental conditions such as developmental language delay
    • studying the genetics that underlay 'super' face recognition

  • Dr Nuala Simpson

    Dr Carol Mesa-Guecha

  • Funding

    Our research is currently funded by:

    The Leverhulme Trust - Project grant - Backwards speaking - gnikaeps sdrawkcab. May 2018 - May 2021

    The Newton Fund - ESRC Newton Award - A language and reading intervention programme for Chile, piloted in the Robinson Crusoe population. Feb 2016 – Oct 2018

    Oxford Brookes Central Research Fund - Research Excellence (CRF) award – Functional characterisation of RIC3 in backwards speech. Aug 2016-Jan 2017

    ERC - Dorothy Bishop Advanced Grant - Cerebral Asymmetry: New directions in correlates and etiology (CLARICE). 2015