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Dr Jess Buxton

Senior Lecturer


I graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Genetics, and obtained my PhD in Human Genetics from Imperial College London, for which I carried out research into the molecular basis of myotonic dystrophy. After a postdoctoral position at the UCL Institute of Child Health London, working on another genetic condition, Angelman syndrome, I took a career break for family reasons. I returned to full-time research at Imperial College in 2009, supported by a Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowship. This funded my work on the identification of novel genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors associated with telomere length, a proposed biomarker of biological ageing. I carried out further postdoctoral work at University College London from 2014, before joining Kingston University as a Senior Lecturer in 2017.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)
  • Diploma in Science Communication, Birkbeck College, University of London (1996)
  • PhD in Human Genetics, St Mary's and Charing Cross Medical Schools, Imperial College London (1992)
  • BSc (Hons) in Genetics, Leeds University (1988)


My scientific interests lie in understanding the contribution of genetic variation and genomic integrity to human disease. During my early career, I investigated the molecular pathology underlying the monogenic conditions myotonic dystrophy and Angelman syndrome. More recently, I have worked on the identification of genetic and epigenetic factors associated with complex traits, particularly obesity and telomere length - an indicator of cellular ageing and an independent risk factor for age-related metabolic dysfunction.


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Williams, Dylan M., Buxton, Jessica L., Kantomaa, Marko T., Tammelin, Tuija H., Blakemore, Alexandra I. F. and Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta (2017) Associations of leukocyte telomere length with aerobic and muscular fitness in young adults. American Journal of Epidemiology, 185(7), pp. 529-537. ISSN (print) 0002-9262

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