Faculty of Biological Sciences

Engage and unify the critical mass of ‘omics’ researchers at the University of Leeds into one central virtual institute.

Over the last decade there has been exponential growth in the use of large‐scale technologies as a tool to understand a wide range of phenomena in the Biological and Medical Sciences. These technologies include (but are not limited to) genomics, transcriptomics, translatomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics and they are used by scientists in very diverse fields of research. At the University of Leeds we have a significant number of active researchers that fit under this “Omics” umbrella. These researchers are spread across different schools, faculties and campuses. Generating a supergroup provides these PIs and their research groups with the opportunity to interact at multiple levels and in a virtual and physical environment.

The mission of “LeedsOmics” is to engage and unify the critical mass of ‘omics’ researchers at the University of Leeds into one central virtual institute. We provide key Bioinformatics support and infrastructure to raise the impact and quality of our research output and to streamline our research activities. We host a set of activities for the community that provides fora for research discussions to foster innovative research ideas, exchange knowledge across the domain, and facilitate joint grant proposals. With these supports and activities we aim to increase the research income and research impact of our members. In addition, we provide training for members of the community which serves to provide highly desirable skill sets in our researchers at all levels and facilitates the development of novel platforms/technologies.

Key researchers in this area

  • Leeds Omics
  • Dr Julie Aspden, University Academic Fellowship in Pervasive Transcription
    RNA Biology: mRNA translation, long non-coding RNAs and RNA-binding proteins in Drosophila
    Research interests
  • Dr Amanda Bretman, Lecturer in Animal Biology
    Evolutionary ecologist specialising in sexual selection and social behaviours
    Research interests
  • Dr Edwin Chen, University Academic Fellowship in Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer Biology
    Molecular basis and clonal evolution of myeloid malignancies
    Research interests
  • Dr Ron Chen, University Academic Fellowship in Pervasive Transcription
    Epigenetic control in transcription regulation using functional genetics and genomics
    Research interests
  • Dr Andrew Cuming, Senior Lecturer
    Embryogenesis; Plant development; Gene targeting
    Research interests
  • Prof James Deuchars, Professor of Systems Neuroscience
    How expression of ion channels, neurotransmitter receptors, transporters and gap junctions influence neuronal and circuit function in the brainstem and spinal cord
    Research interests
  • Dr Elizabeth Duncan, Lecturer in Zoology
    Evolution of eusociality, phenotypic plasticity, invertebrate developmental biology, evolution of developmental pathways, genome architecture and evolution
    Research interests
  • Dr Katie Field, Associate Professor
    Mycorrhizas, sustainable agriculture, plant evolution, CO2
    Research interests
  • Dr Simon Goodman, Lecturer
    Population and conservation genetics, molecular ecology, disease ecology
    Research interests
  • Dr Christopher Hassall, Lecturer in Animal Biology
    Ecology and Evolution of Insects
    Research interests
  • Prof Ian Hope, Professor of Invertebrate Developmental Genetics
    Animal Development, Gene Expression and Locomotion In The Nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans
    Research interests
  • Dr Glenn McConkey, Senior Lecturer
    Can parasitic infections contribute to neurodegenerative disorders?
    Research interests
  • Dr Kenneth McDowall, Pro-Dean for Student Education, Senior Lecturer
    Macromolecular Interactions in RNA Processing and Decay
    Research interests
  • Dr Mary O'Connell, University Academic Fellow in Biology
    Study of the patterns and processes of molecular evolution using large scale sequencing data
    Research interests
  • Dr Andrew Tuplin, Lecturer in Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Control of RNA virus genome replication and translation via interactions between RNA structures, host cell proteins and non-coding RNA.
    Research interests
  • Prof David Westhead, Professor of Bioinformatics
    Bioinformatics
    Research interests
  • Prof Adrian Whitehouse, Professor of Molecular Virology
    Viruses and Cancer
    Research interests
  • Dr Ian Wood, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience
    Regulation of expression of ion channel genes in normal physiology and in neuronal disorders such as epilepsy and chronic pain
    Research interests