Dr Helen O’Neill

Director for the MSc in Reproductive Science and Women’s Health Programme at the Institute for Women’s Health in University College London

Dr Helen O’Neill is a molecular geneticist and Director for the MSc in Reproductive Science and Women’s Health Programme at the Institute for Women’s Health in University College London (UCL). She has an honours degree in Genetics from University College Cork in Ireland and did her MSc in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine at University College London.

She did her PhD and postdoctoral research in the Department of Stem cell biology and developmental genetics at the National Institute for Medical Research (now the Francis Crick Institute). There, she researched the genes involved in sex determination, including genes crucial for the formation of ovaries. Now part of the Embryology, IVF and Reproductive Genetics Group at the Institute for Women’s Health in UCL, she is researching the morphokinetics of preimplantation embryos and is using CRISPR genome editing to assess understanding and treatment of disorders of infertility as well as neuromuscular disorders.