Genetics at Leicester

Welcome to the Department of Genetics, University of Leicester. We are a member of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, one of four departments that constitute the School of Biological Sciences.

The Department, world-renowned for the discovery by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys of the technique of DNA fingerprinting, is an international centre for pioneering research into genetics.  Our diverse research, encompassing humans, mice, fruit flies, and microbes, addresses fundamental genetic questions in evolution, disease, behaviour and development.  Within the department we have a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (GENIE) developed from the synergy between our world-class research and our teaching and learning in genetics.

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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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Head of Department

Professor Julian Ketley