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    Dr Mary-Ellen Lynall

    University Position
    Clinical Lecturer
    Dr Mary-Ellen Lynall is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


    I am a psychiatrist investigating the immunology of psychiatric disorders. My research aims to develop a cell-subset specific biomarker of inflammation in depression and psychosis, with a larger effect-size than current whole-blood markers, using immunogenetics, immunophenotyping, and cellular omics. One focus of this work is using single cell technologies in blood samples from patient groups. The ultimate goal is to develop biomarker-stratified treatment strategies and new treatment approaches for patients with psychiatric symptoms. CONACYT scholars encouraged

    Key Publications

    Genetic variants associated with psychiatric disorders are enriched at epigenetically active sites in lymphoid cells.

    Journal: Nature Communications
    E-pub date: 15 Oct 2022
    Authors: M-E Lynall, B Soskic, J Hayhurst, J Schwartzentruber, DF Levey, GA Pathak, R Polimanti, J Gelernter, MB Stein, G Trynka, MR Clatworthy, E Bullmore

    B-cells are abnormal in psychosocial stress and regulate meningeal myeloid cell activation.

    Journal: Brain Behav Immun
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2021
    Authors: M-E Lynall, SL Kigar, ML Lehmann, AE DePuyt, ZK Tuong, SJ Listwak, AG Elkahloun, ET Bullmore, M Herkenham, MR Clatworthy

    Peripheral Blood Cell-Stratified Subgroups of Inflamed Depression.

    Journal: Biol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 15 Jul 2020
    Authors: M-E Lynall, L Turner, J Bhatti, J Cavanagh, P de Boer, V Mondelli, D Jones, WC Drevets, P Cowen, NA Harrison, CM Pariante, L Pointon, MR Clatworthy, E Bullmore, Neuroimmunology of Mood Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease (NIMA) Consortium


    Early-life stress biases responding to negative feedback and increases amygdala volume and vulnerability to later-life stress.

    Journal: Transl Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 7 Mar 2023
    Authors: EG Dutcher, L Lopez-Cruz, EAC Pama, M-E Lynall, ICR Bevers, JA Jones, S Khan, SJ Sawiak, AL Milton, MR Clatworthy, TW Robbins, ET Bullmore, JW Dalley

    Methylome-wide association study of antidepressant use in Generation Scotland and the Netherlands Twin Register implicates the innate immune system.

    Journal: Mol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Mar 2022
    Authors: MC Barbu, F Huider, A Campbell, C Amador, MJ Adams, M-E Lynall, DM Howard, RM Walker, SW Morris, J Van Dongen, DJ Porteous, KL Evans, E Bullmore, G Willemsen, DI Boomsma, HC Whalley, AM McIntosh

    Dysconnectivity of a brain functional network was associated with blood inflammatory markers in depression.

    Journal: Brain Behav Immun
    E-pub date: 1 Nov 2021
    Authors: AR Aruldass, MG Kitzbichler, SE Morgan, S Lim, M-E Lynall, L Turner, P Vertes, Wellcome Trust Consortium for Neuroimmunology of Mood Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease (NIMA), J Cavanagh, P Cowen, CM Pariante, NA Harrison, ET Bullmore

    No evidence for differential gene expression in major depressive disorder PBMCs, but robust evidence of elevated biological ageing.

    Journal: Transl Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 22 Jul 2021
    Authors: JJ Cole, A McColl, R Shaw, M-E Lynall, PJ Cowen, P de Boer, WC Drevets, N Harrison, C Pariante, L Pointon, NIMA consortium, C Goodyear, E Bullmore, J Cavanagh

    Inflammatory and cardiometabolic markers at presentation with first episode psychosis and long-term clinical outcomes: A longitudinal study using electronic health records.

    Journal: Brain Behav Immun
    E-pub date: 1 Jan 2021
    Authors: EF Osimo, BI Perry, RN Cardinal, M-E Lynall, J Lewis, A Kudchadkar, GK Murray, J Perez, PB Jones, GM Khandaker

    Neuropsychiatric symptoms in lupus.

    Journal: Lupus
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2018
    Authors: M Lynall

    Detection of functional brain network reconfiguration during task-driven cognitive states.

    Journal: Neuroimage
    E-pub date: 15 Nov 2016
    Authors: QK Telesford, M-E Lynall, J Vettel, MB Miller, ST Grafton, DS Bassett

    Cognitive network neuroscience.

    Journal: J Cogn Neurosci
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2015
    Authors: JD Medaglia, M-E Lynall, DS Bassett

    Brain network adaptability across task states.

    Journal: PLoS Comput Biol
    E-pub date: 1 Jan 2015
    Authors: EN Davison, KJ Schlesinger, DS Bassett, M-E Lynall, MB Miller, ST Grafton, JM Carlson

    Immunologic therapeutics and psychotic disorders.

    Journal: Biol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 15 Feb 2014
    Authors: ET Bullmore, M-E Lynall

    Functional connectivity and brain networks in schizophrenia.

    Journal: J Neurosci
    E-pub date: 14 Jul 2010
    Authors: M-E Lynall, DS Bassett, R Kerwin, PJ McKenna, M Kitzbichler, U Muller, E Bullmore