Dr Andrea Short

Research Associate

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Andrea is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the SEQaBOO project (SEQuencing a Baby for an Optimal Outcome) in the Division of Human communication, Development and Hearing. She is a Fellow of the HEA and is a PRINCE 2 practitioner.


Andrea obtained a BSc in Cell Biology from the University of Manchester, an MPhil from UMIST for research into glycosylation deficiency in yeast and a PhD for research into the genetics of canine diabetes mellitus from the University of Manchester.

She established her career in canine and comparative genetics and was integral member of two EU framework 7 projects, Euradrenal (Euradrenal), investigating Addison’s disease, and LUPA, investigating a selection of canine diseases which are of great genetic relevance to homologous human conditions. She has been involved in a variety of canine genetic studies including investigations into anal furunculosis, hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease), epilepsy, cruciate ligament rupture, greyhound bone fracture, diabetes, and hypothyroid disease and has worked with the University of Liverpool veterinary team (Leahurst Campus) on projects investigating bovine, equine and ovine disease susceptibility and welfare.

Andrea was the secretary for the UK DNA archive for Companion Animals (2004-2016), the health co-ordinator for the Northern Portuguese Podengo Association (2012-15) and is on the editorial board of Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal. She was a genetics advisor for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association between 2007 and 2011.

Andrea has a strong interest in translational genetics and developed a respiratory research program with a focus on the genetic understanding of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and interstitial lung disease (ILD) in collaboration with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently working in Hearing Health to investigate parents’ knowledge, understanding and attitudes to genomic screening for newborns that have failed their hearing screen.


BSc (Hons) Cell Biology

M Phil Glycosylation deficient mutants of yeast for studies on anti-fungal targets

PhD The genetics of canine diabetes

BTEC Equine Studies and Stable Management

PRINCE2 practitioner

Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy)

Post Graduate Certificate of Higher Education

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  1. British Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics
  2. British Society for Immunology
  3. The Genetics Society
  4. International Society for Animal Genetics

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