Gerome Breen, PhD

Gerome Breen, PhD, is a Reader in the MRC Centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He leads a biobank and a core for Genomics & Biomarkers in the NIHR BRC for Mental Health at KCL, managing a team of postdocs, lab staff and collection staff. He is an experienced psychiatric geneticist and has published more than 150 articles. He has recently moved into eating disorder research, leading the academic part of the Charlotte’s Helix project (see, which is focussing on creating an anorexia genomics and biomarkers biobank in the UK.

Gerome is also a theme lead (unit leader) at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) for Mental Health and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (a type of translational medicine centre). His team is involved in the UK 100K Genomes project, collecting multiply affected severe enduring anorexia families from England for whole genome sequencing. Gerome also chairs the Network and Pathway Analysis subgroup of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) and is also an active member of the Major Depressive Disorder PGC group.