2020 applicants
Research Group

Genomics and Computational Biology Group

Genomics research takes advantage of fast moving developments in technology, in particular DNA sequencing, and makes heavy use of computing to develop our understanding of how the DNA blueprint is used to build the whole organism.

The Genomics and Computational Biology Group has particular strengths in epigenetics and chromatin structure. We benefit from the School's strong interdisciplinary outlook and work closely with our colleagues in the other three groups in the school, and in other departments in the university. We have particularly close ties with the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and the Institute for Social and Economic Research.

We have newly refurbished laboratories and facilities including a DNA sequencer, pipetting robot, mass spectrometer and high-performance computing.


Our research funding comes from a wide variety of sources including the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and MRC. We are a partner in the ERSC/BBSRC funded Social-Biological Centre for Doctoral Training (with UCL and Manchester), and a participant in the EDUSHARE consortium for capacity building in biomedical education in Vietnam with collaborators from Estonia, Germany, Sweden and Vietnam.

Working with Business

The group has particular strength in computational biology, with extensive experience in the analysis of large genomics data sets, modelling of transcription factor binding, epigenetics and molecular phylogeny. Several members of the group are active developers of specialised open source software. We offer many ways for you to access our expertise, including consultancy, collaborative and commissioned research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Master of Science (MSD) in Biological Sciences

Our research group has several exciting opportunities for research projects towards a Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD) in the School of Life Sciences.

These are one-year postgraduate degrees that typically start in October but other start times can be negotiated with the project supervisor(s) (overseas applicants should allow additional time for visa processing). These opportunities do not come with any funding. Further information on fees and funding is available here.

To start the process, browse our list of titles and supervisors below, then email your CV to the supervisors directly or email the postgraduate administrator Ms Emma Revill (ecrix@essex.ac.uk) to suggest another project within the area of interest of one of our groups or members of staff.

MSD titles and supervisors

"Modelling epigenetic regulation in cell differentiation and cancer", Dr Vladimir Teif

"Nucleosome repositioning in cancer", Dr Vladimir Teif

"Analysis how cellular metabolism coordinates gene expression using single cell transcriptomics",  Dr Patrick Varga Weisz

"How does the microbiome communicate with the host genome in the gut?", Dr Patrick Varga Weisz

"Animal models of Eph/ephrin signalling in human pancreatic cancer for drug screening", Dr Joaquín de Navascués

"Modelling radiotherapy chronic injury in Drosophila", Dr Joaquín de Navascués

"Transcriptional control of Intestinal Stem Cell regulation", Dr Joaquín de Navascués

"Epigenetic modifiers and microbiome regulation in the intestine of Drosophila", Dr Joaquín de Navascués and Dr Patrick Varga Weisz

"Transcriptional networks in ageing and neurodegeneration", Dr Charalampos (Babis) Rallis

"The impact of cytoarchitecture in cellular physiology and ageing", Dr Charalampos (Babis) Rallis

"Liquid biopsy: developing new diagnostic medical assays based on cell-free DNA", Dr Vladimir Teif

"Comparative sequence analysis of the pig sex chromosomes", Dr Ben Skinner

Contact us
Liz Lee Reynolds Research Manager