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In the Department of Genetics our research focuses on inherited disorders of the eye - those diseases that are caused by harmful mutations (defects) in the genetic code (the instructions which control how our bodies work) and which can be passed down through families. 

Our aim is to increase understanding of how these mutations cause disease, how these diseases progress over a person's lifetime and the further impact of other biological and environmental factors. We are also developing a range of new approaches to detecting, monitoring and treating these conditions. 

We have five principal research areas in the department:

Molecular Genetics
Gene and Cell Therapy
Inflammation Biology
Epidemiology
Biophysics