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Professor Rebecca  Oakey

Professor Rebecca Oakey

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Professor of Epigenetics

Dean for Doctoral Studies. Training Lead for the GSTT Biomedical Research Centre. Lead, King's Innovation Scholars Program.

Research subject areas

  • Biomedical and life sciences

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Professor Oakey is the Dean for Doctoral Studies in the Centre for Doctoral Studies.

D.Phil.: Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Post-doctoral training: Duke University Medical Centre, NC, USA, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PA, USA, Fox Chase Cancer Centre, PA, USA

Faculty positions: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, USA
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader & Professor, King's College London.

Rebecca leads the Epigenetics Laboratory in the Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics. 

The Oakey laboratory is a multi-disciplinary group at King’s College London working on epigenetic mechanisms, function, and roles during developmental processes. Our work primarily focuses on the epigenetic mark, DNA methylation, a stable mark which regulates gene expression in multiple contexts. We’re investigating this at a mechanistic level by using molecular biology approaches at model loci to decipher the rules of gene regulation. We use computational approaches to leverage ‘omics data to complement our empirical research. Investigation of gene regulation is also applied in clinically relevant contexts ranging from foetal growth defects, neuro-endocrine tumours and endocardial cell development collaborating with colleagues within KCL & GSTT and globally.

Rebecca is also the Lead for King's Innovation Scholars Program; enabling the big data revolution through skills training. To find out more, check out their website or read this article.


Rebecca Oakey is a teacher on the following courses:

  • Bioinformatics (Research)
  • Genes, Environment & Development in Psychology & Psychiatry
  • MBBS1 Genomics