Genetics at Leicester

Welcome to the Department of Genetics, University of Leicester. We are a member of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences & Psychology, and 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 research, encompassing organisms as diverse as bacteria, yeast, fruitflies, bumblebees, mice, humans and plants, 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. In 2016, the department was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its work and proposals to improve the participation of women in STEM within the University.


Athena SWAN Bronze Award


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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