Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics
UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment
- Tel: 020 7679 7320
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- 108 Darwin Building, Gower Street London, WC1E 6BT
Human Evolution Interest
I am interested in the origin and significance of functional variation in epithelial proteins - molecules located at the barrier between the 'inside' and the 'outside' of the body - in particular mucins (MUCs) and digestive enzymes such as lactase.
We study inter-individual variation
at the DNA level as well as looking at the RNA and protein products of
these genes and asking questions about gene/environment interactions.
For example, together with others in the Research Department of
Genetics, Evolution and Environment, we are pursuing the molecular basis
and evolutionary significance of the lactase persistence polymorphism.