Professor Mark A. Jobling

Professor Mark Jobling

Professor of Genetics

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3427
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378


BA (Hons), DPhil (Oxon); FHEA


I was brought up and educated in Durham, and went to the University of Oxford to study Biochemistry in 1981. I then did a DPhil at the Genetics Laboratory there, where I developed an interest in human Y chromosomes. In 1992 I moved to the Department of Genetics in Leicester to study human Y chromosome diversity, under an MRC Training Fellowship, where I have remained until today, including a series of three Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowships.


Research Interests

Research Team



BS2026 Genes, Development & Inheritance

BS3000 Evolutionary Genetics

MB1031 Introduction to Medical Bioscience B

MB2051 Current Issues in Medical Genetics

NS3016 Natural Sciences module on Evolution

External examiner, MSc Human Molecular Genetics, Imperial College London, 2014-2018

External examiner, BA (Mod) Human Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, 2016-2020

Other Responsibilities

Research team leader for Genetics (2010-present)

Co-Director, Alec Jeffreys Forensic Genomics Unit

REF2014 academic lead, UoA5 (Biological Sciences). See our results.

Chair, Wellcome Trust funder working group

Chair, University Research Integrity Working Group

College academic representative, University Concordat Steering Group

Member, Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund Executive Committee & Governance Board

Member, University ODA Steering Group

Member, College Research Committee

Member, College Enterprise and Impact Committee

Organiser, EMBO Conference on Human Evolution, Leicester, April 1-4 2014

Tenor saxophone, The Histones - the Department of Genetics house band.

Funding Bodies and Editorial Boards

Committee Member for Area ‘E’ (evolutionary, ecological and population genetics), The Genetics Society

Member, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Advisers Panel

Senior editor, Annals of Human Genetics

Public Engagement

I have a strong commitment to engaging the public about genetics, and have given over 30 public talks in the last 5 years to groups including family history societies, U3A, and schools. I give annual lectures on DNA in forensics as part of GENIE's Dynamic DNA event for year-9 students and their teachers. If you are interested in a talk from me on human or medical genetics, human evolution, forensics, genetic genealogy, ancestry testing, or genetics in historical studies, get in touch.

PhD Projects

Departmental PhD Project page for this Supervisor: Prof M. Jobling

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Contact Details

Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

Adrian Building
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3374

Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378

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Interim Head of Department

Professor Alison Goodall