Division of Evolution & Genomic Sciences

Overview

Division of Evolution and Genomic Sciences

The Division of Evolution and Genomic Sciences spans fundamental biological research into evolution of molecules and organisms, through to applications of modern genomic techniques for the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of genetic disease in humans.

Our research is unified by the concept of the genome as a platform from which biological function and dysfunction can be understood. We seek to understand how changes in genes and genomes lead to changes in all forms of phenotype, ranging from speciation events to alterations in Mendelian and quantitative traits that underlie behaviour and disease.

Our research

Evolutionary biology

Evolutionary biology

All life can be understood in terms of evolutionary processes, from microbial and viral biology through to entire organisms and human disease.

Our researchers compare both molecular sequences and whole organism physiology and phenotype to derive inference about the origins of species, genes, and traits and how adaptive processes shape biological function through changes to the genome.

Functional genomics

Functional genomics

Functional genomics seeks to characterise and quantify all the molecules encoded in the genome, such as RNA and protein, to study how environment, lifecycle or pathology lead to changes in these molecular signatures.

This in turn allows us to understand processes such as development, response to environmental stress, biological signalling, disease and dysfunction.

Genomic medicine

Genomic medicine at St Mary's Hospital

Our ability to rapidly sequence human genomes underpins a new age of personalised medicine. Our research covers a broad spectrum of healthcare and includes programmes in cancer genetics, neuropsychiatry, developmental and functional eye disorders, biochemical genetics and birth defects.

The overarching aim is to identify the genetic basis of both single gene and complex disorders.

Head of division

Professor Simon Hubbard

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Contact

Professor Simon Hubbard
tel: +44 (0)161 306 8930
email: simon.hubbard@manchester.ac.uk

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