Genetics and Genome Biology at Leicester

Welcome to the Department of Genetics & Genome Biology (formerly the Department of Genetics) The Department is one of 6 Academic Departments in the College of Life Sciences ( We are an internationally recognised centre for pioneering research into genetics, focused on 6 areas of strength;

  • Microbial Genetics
  • Neurogenetics & Behaviour
  • Cancer
  • Genomics & Bioinformatics
  •  Food security 
  • Forensics

We are renowned for the discovery by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys of the technique of DNA fingerprinting (, and more recently, for the identification of the bones of Richard III (

Our research, encompassing organisms as diverse as bacteria, yeast, fruit flies, bumblebees, plant, mice and humans, and addresses fundamental genetic questions in evolution, disease, behaviour and development. The Department has recently been enlarged by incorporation of the Leicester Cancer Research Centre (LCRC)

We have a vibrant postgraduate community and can offer PhDs in a wide range of subject areas including;

  • Evolutionary and Population Genetics
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Neurogenetics
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Plant and Crop Science
  • Cancer
  • Forensic Science

Our academics provide major contributions to the teaching of the College’s Biological Sciences Degree (link to school of Biological sciences) and to the teaching of Medical Students (link to Medical School) and we host MSc courses in Molecular Genetics ( and the Molecular Pathology & Therapeutics of Cancer ( Other MSc courses available in the College can be seen at

The Department holds 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
E Mail:

Head of Department
Professor Alison Goodall


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