About the Department

The department of Genetics was founded in 1964 and has steadily grown over the years and now has 208 members of staff and PhD students.

Since 1968 the Department has been based in the Adrian Building on the University main campus

A series of photographs, which can be found in the Departmental Office suite on the 2nd floor, they show how we have grown over the past five decades and become increasing diverse, with students and staff from across the globe.

Please feel free to view not least to see how the fashions have changed over the decades! (Adrian Room 213)

There have been 11 Heads of Department but probably our most well-known academic is Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who discovered DNA fingerprinting in 1984. It is a testament to the spirit and collegial atmosphere of the Department that Sir Alec chose to stay in Leicester, despite many offers from prestigious institutes the world over, as have many of our academics and professional services staff.

Above - The Department of Genetics in 1984



Above - The Department of Genetics in 2015









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Contact Details

Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

Adrian Building
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3374
E Mail: genetics@le.ac.uk

Head of Department
Professor Alison Goodall

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