Research Group

Genomics and Computational Biology Group

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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.

Research degrees in Life Sciences

We have a vibrant postgraduate community, and are always keen to recruit new postgraduate research students (both PhD and Master of Science by Dissertation). Throughout the year we may have funded opportunities, such as PhD projects funded by a research council.

Please feel free to contact individual group members if you are interested in postgraduate research. Many of our academics maintain lists of project titles that they are happy to supervise on, and may be able to help you narrow down your choice in what to research.

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Our research

Our research covers the whole spectrum of biology – from the cell right through to communities and ecosystems. Our dedicated research groups bring together experts for collaboration research projects that deliver real-world impact.

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Liz Lee Reynolds Research Manager