Principle Investigators

Dr Lindsey Jane Leach

Lindsey Leach trained as a quantitative geneticist under the guidance of Professor Zewei Luo and Professor Michael Kearsey at the University of Birmingham. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Nicholas Harberd in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford. In 2012 she was awarded a prestigious Birmingham Fellowship in the School of Biosciences. She is also a member of the Centre for Computational Biology in Birmingham.

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Professor Zewei Luo

Professor Zewei Luo is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of Statistical Genetics. Research of his team has been focused on genetics of quantitative traits through theoretical and empirical approaches.Zewei Luo was initially trained as a quantitative geneticist at the University of Birmingham under supervision of Professor Michael J. Kearsey. He then worked as postdoctoral scientist in several UK institutions including University College London, University of Edinburgh with Professor Nick Barton and the Roslin Institute with Professor Robin Thompson during which time he gained experience in population genetics and statistical genetics. He was appointed to Institute of Genetics and Biostatistics in Fudan University (Shanghai China) and then joined the school of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham the United Kingdom.

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Current Group Members

  • Jing Chen, a BBSRC-funded postdoc.

  • Jing works on a BBSRC funded project to unravel the genetic basis of agricultural traits in tetraploid potato. She develops novel theoretical methods to enable quantitative genetic analysis in tetraploids

  • Anushree Choudhary, a PhD student in the second year.

  • Anushree studies the impact of polyploidy on the structure and function of genomes in the model plant Arabidopsis

Former Group Members

  • Dr. Minghui Wang, research fellow, is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Dr Bin Zhang’s group in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
  • Dr. Ning Jiang, a PhD student with Zewei Luo, is now a lecturer at Fudan University in China
  • Dr. Tianye Jia, a PhD student with Zewei Luo, is now a bioinformatician at Kings College London