Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

Genetics and development

Our research into genetics and development explores developmental biology using a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate systems (led by Associate Professor Matt Loose, Assistant Professor Martin Gering, Assistant Professor Andrew Renault and Professor Fred Sablitzky).

It’s deepening our understanding of the neuroscience and neurophysiology of invertebrates (led by Assistant Professor Ian Mellor), examining the organisation of chromosomes (Associate Professor William Brown) and exploring the genetic basis of human health and disease (Professor John Armour). This includes congenital heart defects (Professor David Brook and Assistant Professor Siobhan Loughna) and Alzheimer's disease (Professor Kevin Morgan) as well as investigating the epigenetic and biological basis that gives rise to psychiatric and cognitive disorders.(Assistant Professor Helen Miranda Knight).

We’re also home to the University’s next-generation DNA sequencing facility, Deep Seq, which is linked to the University’s Future Foods Research Beacon. Working collaboratively, we’re pioneering the use of new DNA sequencing platforms that will allow rapid genome sequencing. This is useful in a variety of settings, including tracking viral outbreaks such as Zika (Associate Professor Matt Loose).

Genetics and development

Research that’s making an impact

A revolution in Alzheimer’s treatment

How genetic research is unlocking the secrets of a devastating disease.


Unravelling the gene mutations behind rare heart disorders

How we’re searching for the causes of life-threatening congenital conditions.


Next-generation genetic sequencing

How our powerful Deep Seq facility is making medical breakthroughs possible.


Jeremy the snail drives new understanding of body asymmetry

How one lefty garden snail inspired a major study into organ placement.


Weaving a web of synthetic spider silk

How a chance meeting led to the development of an innovative antibiotic fibre.


Spiders sailing the seven seas

How spiders are taking to the oceans and being tracked by our very own SpiderLab.


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Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

School of Life Sciences
University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH