The Department of Genetics has an international reputation for research excellence in a broad range of topics.
DNA is the molecular code underlying all living things, putting Genetics at the heart of all biology. The Department of Genetics is world-renowned for the discovery in 1984 by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys of the technique of DNA fingerprinting, a powerful and elegant way to distinguish between individuals. Researchers in the Department were also key players in the Richard III identification case, contributing important DNA evidence. Today the Department’s reputation continues to grow, as an internationally renowned centre of pioneering research, pushing back the frontiers of knowledge in:
• genome dynamics, diversity and evolution
• human and medical genetics
• behavioural and developmental genetics
• microbial genetics and pathogenicity
• plant genetics.
We are proud of our cross-organism approach, which emphasises the fundamental importance of genetics as a common language for understanding the biology of organisms as diverse as bacteria, yeast, fruitflies, bumblebees, mice, humans and plants. As genetics is such a foundation for all areas of biological and medical research, we naturally seek interdisciplinary approaches in our research, and members of the Department have collaborations with Leicester colleagues in, for example, Health Sciences, Cancer Studies, Cardiovascular Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Archaeology, Criminology, History and the local NHS Trust.
For a list of staff that contribute to these research areas along with links to their People pages, please go to:
For more information on the Institute of Precision Medicine please go to:
For more information on the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WTISSF) please go to:
Specific pages for collaborative research groups within the department can also be found through the above link.