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The University of Edinburgh: Genetics and Genomics

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies
Study type Research


Research in the field of Genetics and Genomics aims to advance understanding of complex animal systems and the development of improved predictive models through the application of numerical and computational approaches to the analysis of DNA.

This includes analyses and interpretation, modelling, and prediction of complex animal systems at multiple levels, from the sequence and behaviour of DNA and other molecules, through cellular and gene networks, tissues and organs right up to whole organisms and interacting populations of organisms.

The biology and traits of interest include:

  • growth and development

  • body composition

  • feed efficiency

  • reproductive performance

  • greenhouse gas emissions

  • responses to infectious disease

  • inherited diseases

Research ranges from basic research in bioscience and mathematical biology to strategic research intended to address grand challenges, e.g. food security.

Research is focussed on, but not restricted to, target species of agricultural importance including:

  • cattle

  • pigs

  • poultry

  • sheep

  • farmed fish such as salmon

  • companion animals

The availability of genome sequences and the associated genomics toolkits enable genetics research in all these species.

Expertise includes:

  • genetics (molecular, quantitative)

  • physiology (neuroendocrinology, immunology)

  • ‘omics (genomics, functional genomics)

  • with particular strengths in mathematical biology (quantitative genetics, epidemiology, bioinformatics, modelling)

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

MSc (Res)

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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