Heredity, Development and Disease
Heredity Development and Disease
Our research focuses on fundamental mechanisms and translational research in animal biology. We study a variety of organisms to investigate fundamental processes of relevance to animal and human biology and disease. Among our interests are the molecular mechanisms, genetics, and genomics of animal and human states of health including nutrition, parasitic infections, congenital disorders, and cancer. We study a range of models from insects to mammals to understand animal behaviour and development. These include crop pests and vectors of disease.
Our research has direct application to the health and welfare of animals and humans with the improvement of livestock performance and crop pest approaches, through to the design of therapies to use in agriculture and medicine.
In each of the themes below you will be able to find a list of key researchers who are working on different projects to tackle challenges.
We encompass the greatest diversity of biological approaches and research systems in the Faculty with a vast network of collaborations and interactions within the university, across the UK, and internationally.
Improving food production
Our innovations are being directly translated into improved food production as we lead in programmes to develop sustainable agricultural systems, increase farmed animal health, and improve food safety. Our group is central in the Smart Agri-Systems, Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), Food@Leeds research theme, and Global Food & Environment Institute (GFEI).
Multi-million pound income
Our multi-million pounds of researech income is supported by a vast range of charities and research councils including Innovate UK, The Kay Kendall Leukemia Fund, EU Framework 7, NERC, BBSRC, The Leverhulme Trust, MRC, GCRF, AB Vista, EU Marie Curie Programme, and DEFRA.