Genetics Supervisors and Research Areas

Dr Richard Badge

  • Roles of retrotransposons (Mobile DNA Sequences) in genetic diversity, genetic disease, and genome evolution of humans, non-human primates, and rodents
  • Bioinformatics of high copy number repeats in the human genome

Dr Chris Bayliss

  • Mechanistic basis for generation of mutations in tandem DNA repeat tracts of bacterial pathogens and their contributions to virulence, host adaptation and population structure

Dr Sandra Beleza

  • Studying the genetic architecture, genotype-phenotype correlations, and evolution of complex traits in recently admixed populations
  • Characterisation of the host-pathogen interactions underlying susceptibility to helicobacter pylori in recently admixed populations
  • Investigation into the ethnic origins, demographic history, and contemporary legacies of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, using a combination of ancient DNA and modern DNA analyses

Professor Anthony Brookes

  • Exploring DNA sequence variation in humans by technology development, bioinformatics, and genotyping, to understand common disease aetiology, drug responses, genome structure/function, and population genetics

Professor Martha Clokie

  • Ecology and molecular biology of bacteriophages and their relationship with bacterial hosts

Professor Raymond Dalgleish

  • Development and application of bioinformatic resources for the identification, re-use, and sharing of sequence variation data relating to inherited human diseases

Dr Sinéad Drea

  • Developing and using tools for comparative and evo-devo analyses in plants
  • Fruit/caryopsis development in crop species

Professor Yuri Dubrova

  • Genetic risks of ionizing radiation and chemical mutagens: germline mutation induction and radiation-induced genomic instability in irradiated human families and laboratory mice

Dr Edouard Galyov

  • Phage biology
  • Phage therapy
  • Interactions of bacterial pathogens with host cells and phages
  • Environmental biology of bacterial pathogens
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus

Professor Flaviano Giorgini

  • Exploiting genetic modifiers of neurodegenerative disease to elucidate mechanisms of pathogenesis and identify potential therapeutic strategies

Dr Richard Gornall

  • Taxonomic and evolutionary studies in flowering plants, in particular the Saxifragaceae
  • Population genetics and molecular ecology of aquatic plants
  • Genebank conservation of local flora

Dr Sarah Gretton

  • Reward and recognition for teaching-focused academics
  • Use of authentic assessment
  • Education for Sustainable Development

Dr Rob Hammond

  • Social evolution and social behaviour
  • Reproductive conflicts in social groups
  • Social insects
  • Role of genes in behaviour

Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison

  • Molecular cytogenetics, genomics, chromatin
  • Biodiversity and its exploitation
  • Bioinformatics, retrotransposons, repetitive DNA structure, evolution and function, cereals, bovids, model plant and animal species, tropical crops

Dr James Higgins

  • Crossover formation in model plants and crop species
  • Cross kingdom analysis of meiotic chromosome behaviour
  • Adaptation and evolution of meiosis in polyploids

Dr Edward Hollox

  • Copy number variation in the human genome in the context of evolution and disease
  • Copy number variation and evolution in cancer
  • Copy number variation in the gibbon genome and diversity of the gibbon genera

Professor Mark Jobling

  • Human and great-ape population, evolutionary and forensic genetics
  • Mutation processes, molecular evolution and function of mammalian sex chromosomes

Professor Julian Ketley

  • Gene regulation and host pathogen interactions by Campylobacter jejuni
  • Characterisation of chemotaxis signal transduction pathways
  • Lipooligosaccharide biosynthesis
  • Iron regulation

Dr Turi King

  • Genetic genealogy

Dr Cas Kramer

  • Public understanding of science
  • Development of approaches and resources to raise public awareness of genetics and associated ethical issues, working with local communities, museums, and other organisations

Professor Charalambos Kyriacou

  • Molecular basis of circadian, tidal, and seasonal rhythms in arthropods
  • Molecular genetics of aggression in drosophila
  • Molecular analysis of electromagnetic sensitivity in insects and mammals

Professor Edward Louis

  • Genetic analysis of telomeres in yeast
  • Genetics of yeast hybrids
  • Exploiting natural genetic variation for yeast strain development
  • Quantitative genetic analysis of complex traits in yeast

Dr Eamonn Mallon

  • Epigenetics
  • Social insects
  • Methylation

Dr Celia May

  • Human meiotic recombination and genome diversity
  • Genome dynamics of mitochondrial DNA and nuclear insertions
  • Rapid species identification tests for forensic applications

Dr Andrew Millard

  • Engineering bacteriophages for biotechnology applications
  • The role of bacteriophage in horizontal gene transfer (in particular antimicrobial resistance genes)
  • Bacteriophage genomics and metagenomics

Dr Julie Morrissey

  • Antimicrobial resistance and virulence mechanisms of staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pneumoniae

Professor Marco Oggioni

  • Phase variable epigenetic control as switchboard in microbial physiology and pathogenicity
  • Bacterial replication in macrophages a new key event in treatment and prevention
  • Functional analysis of the innate immune response in the human spleen
  • Mobile genetic elements and their role in antimicrobial drug resistance in bacterial pathogens

Dr Ezio Rosato

  • Molecular neurobiology of complex behaviours in Drosophila, especially circadian rhythms

Dr Nicola Royle

  • Telomere molecular dynamics in normal and cancer cells, including investigation of the alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT)
  • Molecular mechanisms and consequences of Herpesvirus integration and excision from telomeres in humans and chickens

Dr Chris Talbot

  • Genetic prediction of radiotherapy response in breast, lung and prostate cancers

Professor David Twell

  • Molecular and cell biology of plant sexual reproduction
    • Functional studies of proteins regulating asymmetric cell division and germ cell specification
    • Genome-wide studies of transcriptional and cell cycle networks in male gametogenesis
    • Gene regulation by small RNAs

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