About the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology
The Department is in the College of Life Sciences. As the Department of Genetics, it was founded in 1964 and has steadily grown over the years now with over 50 academics and 150 staff and PhD students. The Department incorporates:
- the Leicester Cancer Research Centre (LCRC)
- the Leicester Microbial and Infectious Diseases Centre (LeMID)
- the Health Data Research Unit (HDR)
- the Alec Jeffreys Forensic Genetics Unit
- the Phage Centre
- and the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit (EMFPU).
The Department supports UG teaching of Biological Sciences, runs MSc courses in Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics and has a thriving community of over 100 PhD students from across the globe.
The Department is based in the Adrian Building on the University of Leicester's main campus and in the Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The department has strong links with the NHS in areas of cancer and infectious disease.
We host a number of core infrastructure facilities including:
- Nucleus Genomics Core Facility
- Electron Microscopy and Advanced Imaging Suites
- Botanic Garden
- Hope Cancer Trials Facility