Leicester geneticist to explore DNA and family history in public lecture

Posted by es328 at Mar 03, 2017 11:55 AM |
Professor Mark Jobling from the University of Leicester will discuss surnames and genetics in a lecture on 6 March

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 3 March 2017

The Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society will host a lecture on the relationship between surnames and the paternally-inherited Y chromosome from Professor Mark Jobling on Monday 6 March.

Professor Jobling, from the University’s Department of Genetics, will describe how different Y chromosome types and surnames are related, and how this relationship can be used in historical studies in his lecture, entitled ‘Sex, Surnames and the History of Britain’.

Professor Jobling said: “In my talk I will also reflect on the recent explosion of interest among the general public in the use of DNA analysis to aid family history research.”

Professor Jobling will also be a speaker at ‘Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017’ at the NEC Birmingham on Friday 7 April 2017.

The world’s largest family history show, which is based on the popular BBC One programme, will run from 6 – 8 April.

There will be a number of talks and presentations during the show and experts will be on hand to assist family history searches.

Professor Jobling is Co-Director of the Alec Jeffreys Forensic Genomics Unit. His research is on patterns of human genetic diversity and how these are influenced by population-level effects through migration, social organisation, language and culture, as well as fundamental genome-level processes.

He is currently studying the population history of Western Europe and particularly the British Isles. In order to understand the human past he collaborates with colleagues in the Departments of History, Archaeology and English in a multidisciplinary approach.

The lecture will take place at New Walk Museum on Monday 6 March between 7.30 and 8.30 pm. All are welcome to attend, tickets cost £3 and no booking is required.

For more information about the lecture please visit: http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/events/2017/march/sex-surnames-and-the-history-of-britain

More information about ‘Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017’ is available here: http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/


Notes to editors:

Professor Mark Jobling, University of Leicester, can be contacted on 0116 252 3427 or maj4@le.ac.uk

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