Dr Edward J. Hollox


Dr Edward Hollox

  • Reader in Genetics
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Contact details: Tele: +44 (0)116 252 3407  email: ejh33@le.ac.uk

Personal details


During an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Biochemistry, a summer research placement developing methods to examine DNA replication origins in Joyce Hamlin’s lab at the University of Virginia sparked my interest in molecular genetics. Ed moved to the Galton Laboratory at University College London for his PhD in Genetics examining the genetics of lactase persistence in humans under the supervision of Dallas Swallow. After six postdoctoral years in John Armour’s lab at the University of Nottingham, I was given the opportunity to start his own lab here in Leicester in 2006.


I teach on several different courses across biological sciences on both evolutionary and medical aspects of genetics and genomics. I am also a co author of the textbook Human Evolutionary Genetics


My research interest is in the structural variation of genomes across species, populations, individuals and cells. My work focuses mostly on human genomes, with an interest in the mutational and evolutionary origins of structural variation, and its consequences for disease.

I have a long-standing interest in structural variation of genomic regions containing genes involved in immunity, and an interest in structural variation of the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma, as part of the Leicester Mesothelioma Programme

For a list of my publications, please click here

PhD projects

There is plenty of interesting research to be done that could form a PhD project in the area of copy number variation, structural variation, evolution or disease.

PhD Project detailsFindAPhD  -  or please contact me directly by email.

 Other Roles

  • I am a Postgraduate Research Tutor for the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology.
  • I was scientific advisor for the drama series “Code of a Killer” 


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Department of Genetics
University of Leicester

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

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Professor Jacqui Shaw

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