• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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My research interests lie in investigating epigenetic regulation in normal development and disease e.g. osteoarthritis and hypertension.

We have a particular focus on the role of DNA methyltransferase enzymes in carrying out faithful transmission of the DNA methylation pattern and their contribution to onset and pathology of disease. 

Additionally we are also investigating the influence of environmental factors such as nutrients and xenobiotics on DNA methylation maintenance and reprogramming.

Teaching interests

Diane obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority since 2008.She designed and leads the innovative online Postgraduate Diploma Stem Cell Biology programme which was developed with BBSRC Modular Training for Industry funding. For full details of this course see our prospectus page.

Administrative roles

Chairperson for the Royal Society of Biology (2017-2019), N. Ireland Branch

Chair of the judging panel of the Undergraduate Awards Life Sciences section

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

External positions

Chairperson, Royal Society of Biology NI Branch



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