Genetics

Behavioural Genetics

Dr Ko-Fan Chen

  • Environmental factors and sleep regulation

  • Circadian behaviours across Drosophila species


Dr Roberto Feuda

  • Systems biology of neurogenesis

  • Genomics and computational biology

  • Evolutionary and developmental biology


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

Dr Eammon Mallon

  • Epigenetics
  • Social insects
  • Methylation

Dr Ezio Rosato

  • Molecular and functional investigations of complex behaviours in Drosophila, especially circadian rhythms

  • Circadian clock and development

  • Drosophila Cryptochrome and its role in physiology


Genetic Variation Mutation and Evolution

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

  • Tracing the evolutionary relationships of human microbial communities in genetically diverse populations

  • Investigation into the demographic history, trait evolution and contemporary legacies of recent African migrations using a combination of ancient DNA and modern DNA analyses


Dr Roberto Feuda

  • Systems biology of neurogenesis

  • Genomics and computational biology

  • Evolutionary and developmental biology


Dr Richard Gornall

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

Dr Edward Hollox

  • Causes and consequences of structural variation in respiratory disease

  • Structural variation in the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma


Professor Mark Jobling

  • Human population, evolutionary and forensic genetics

  • Animal forensics and conservation genetics


Dr Turi King

  • Genetic genealogy

Dr Celia May

  • Human meiotic recombination processes and genome diversity

  • Genome dynamics of mitochondrial DNA and nuclear insertions

  • Forensic genetics solutions for combatting wildlife crime


Professor David Twell

  • Evolution of gene control networks, plant fertility, pollen, germ cells, biotechnology

  • Sexual reproduction in model and crop plants

  • Plant developmental biology

 

 

Medical Genetics

Dr Ko-Fan Chen

  • Drosophila models of human diseases

  • Sleep and health


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 

Professor Flaviano Giorgini

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

Dr Edward Hollox

  • Causes and consequences of structural variation in respiratory disease

  • Structural variation in the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma


Dr Christopher Talbot

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

Microbial Genetics and Pathogenicity

Professor Christopher Bayliss

  • Exploring how genetic variation and slippery DNA in bacterial pathogens contributes to virulence, host adaptation and resistance to phages


Dr Sandra Beleza

  • Characterisation of the host-microbe interactions underlying susceptibility to Helicobacter pylori in recently admixed populations

  • Tracing the evolutionary relationships of human microbial communities in genetically diverse populations


Professor Martha Clokie

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

Dr Ed Galyov

  • Development of methods to study host-specific phageomes

  • Induction of prophages in vivo

  • Phage-based diagnostics

  • Phage-based vaccines

  • Discovery of phages infecting "exotic" bacteria


Dr Andrew Millard

  • Genomic diversity of bacteriophages

  • Engineering of bacteriophages

  • Phage-host interactions


Professor Julie Morrissey

  • Antimicrobial resistance, host-pathogen interaction and environmental stress responses of respiratory bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis


Professor Marco Oggioni

  • Phase variable epigenetic control as switchboard in microbial physiology and pathogenicity

Plant Biodiversity

Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison

  • Molecular cytogentics, 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

Professor Ed Louis

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

Professor David Twell

  • Evolution of gene control networks, plant fertility, pollen, germ cells, biotechnology

  • Sexual reproduction in model and crop plants

  • Plant developmental biology

Plant Cell and Molecular Biology


Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison

  • Molecular cytogentics, 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

Professor Ed Louis

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

Professor David Twell

  • Plant developmental biology
  • Sexual reproduction in model and crop plants
  • Evolution of gene control networks, plant fertility, pollen, germ cells, biotechnology