Dr Sally Ricketts

Complex Disease Team Leader, Canine Genetics Research Group

Sally’s current role within the Canine Genetics Research Group involves designing, co-ordinating and analysing genome-wide association studies of complex conditions in the dog, including hereditary cataract and idiopathic epilepsy.

Sally has a strong general interest in the molecular mechanisms underlying complex inherited disease and in utilising genomic tools and approaches to conduct research that can impact directly on the health and welfare of the dog population through the prevention of suffering and disease.


Sally completed a BSc in Human Biology at Loughborough University in 1997, followed by a PhD in Canine Immunogenetics at the Animal Health Trust in collaboration with the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research at the University of Manchester. Following this she joined the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the genetic epidemiology of complex disease in humans. In 2009 she returned to the Canine Genetics Research Group at the Animal Health Trust to take a postdoctoral role working on complex inherited conditions in the dog.

Sally is now developing a team within the Canine Genetics Research Group whose role will be to exclusively study complex disease in the dog; we hope that this will help us to make more significant progress in researching these diseases in the coming years.