Dr Lidiya Talbot


Research Fellow - Genetics of Eye Development

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Lidiya Talbot


I am a postdoctoral researcher in the team of Professor Nicola Ragge. Within my role, I use a range of bioinformatic techniques to study the genetic basis of human developmental eye disorders, including anophthalmia (missing eye), microphthalmia (small eye) and coloboma (gap in the structure of the eye).

I initially joined the team of Professor Ragge as an MSc-project student in 2016, working on screening a single gene (HMX1) for disease-causing variants in a large cohort of patients with developmental eye anomalies. I subsequently joined Dr Dianne Newbury's group (Oxford Brookes University) and completed a PhD, unravelling the genetic relationships between auditory processing and speech and language. I have been working as a postdoctoral researcher since July 2021.

Areas of expertise

  • Molecular genetics
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Bioinformatics for big data analysis
  • Genetic basis of eye developmental disorders


My main research interests are in:

  • how different classes of genetic variants contribute to rare developmental conditions and ways to look for missing heritability
  • state of the art bioinformatic techniques for analysing large-scale genomic data
  • translational research


Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Full Member of the Genetics Society