Dr Leigh Jackson

Dr Leigh Jackson

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)

Research Fellow


BSc(Hons) - Genetics University of Nottingham PhD - Investigating the genetic mechanisms underlying mesenchymal stem cell transdifferentiation to neural-like cells. University of Nottingham Research Associate - Investigating the genetic causes of infertility, pre-term labour and gynaecological cancers.

Professional membership

British Society for Cell Biology British Society for Developmental Biology The Genetics Society The European Society of Human Genetics

Roles on external bodies

EuroGentest website editorial committee EU COST Action IS1303 ( Citizen's Health through public-private Initiatives: Public health, Market and Ethical perspectives (CHIP ME)management committee

Research interests

I am currently working on a number of projects including the EuroGentest2 project - a multi-centre European project aimed at ensuring standardisation and harmonisation of genetic testing across Europe. I am involved with Work Package 7, Quality of Genetic Counselling. I am also involved in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Yamaguchi, Japan on a study about the needs and experiences of older pregnant women, especially in regard to genetic risks, testing and screening. My current primary research interest involves genetic incidental findings. We are collaborating with colleagues at the University of Iowa on a study of the way in which incidental findings from genetic tests are reported to patients. Past research has included work on mesenchymal stem cell transdifferentiation, infertility, pre-term labour and gynaecological cancer.

Grants & contracts

Plymouth University pump-prime award Plymouth University ESRC social science collaboration award Brocher Foundation visiting researcher award 2014