Molecular Genetics

Molecular Genetics

The University of Glasgow has a longstanding reputation as a centre for world-class research and teaching in genetics. A genetic approach, and the use of genetic and genomic tools underpins much of the research ongoing in the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences. Molecular genetics research within our Institute ranges from the analysis of DNA sequence and epigenetic variation, through structural analysis of DNA protein interactions, and genomic approaches to the analysis of gene function within cells, organisms and populations. Research advances are impacting in a number of areas, most notably to problems in human health, food security and synthetic biology. Topics covered within the theme include site specific recombination and transposition, inherited human disease and variation, animal models of human disease, insect integrative physiology, and epigenetic and nuclear organisational responses to environmental stimuli in plants. Research within the Molecular Genetics theme complements genetic research ongoing elsewhere across the College and we also maintain strong links with the Department of Clinical Genetics at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. Our work is very well supported by next-generation DNA and RNA sequencing and multi-omic systems approaches through Glasgow Polyomics. Molecular Genetics staff also make major research led teaching contributions to our highly rated BSc Honours degree in Genetics and a variety of masters programmes.

Molecular Genetics research staff:

Anna Amtmann

Professor Anna Amtmann

Professor for Molecular Plant Physiology (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms for mineral nutrition and salt'drought resistance of plants.

Dr Sean Colloms

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Shireen Davies

Professor Shireen Davies

Professor of Integrative Cell Signalling (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: Cell signalling mechanisms in epithelial stress and response.

Julian Dow

Professor Julian Dow

Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. International Dean for the Middle East. MVLS College International Lead (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: Molecular Physiology of Ion Transport and Cell Signalling Pathways in Drosophila.

Eirini Kaiserli

Dr Eirini Kaiserli

Lecturer (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: How nuclear architecture coordinates changes in gene expression and protein organisation to regulate cell growth and survival in response to endogenous and environmental stimuli.

Darren Monckton

Professor Darren Monckton

Professor of Human Genetics (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: Simple sequence repeats, genetic variation and human disease.

Marshall Stark

Professor Marshall Stark

Professor of Molecular Genetics (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: Mechanisms of DNA site-specific recombination systems, and their applications in Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology

Pawel Herzyk

Dr Pawel Herzyk

Senior Lecturer (Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology)

Research interests: Analysis of data generated by -omics technologies, structural bioinformatics, molecular modelling of transmembrane proteins.