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Professor Andrew R Collins BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics

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Andrew Collins is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Professor Collins began his academic career in Southampton in 1989 and was appointed head of the Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics research group in 2002. He has developed diverse research projects spanning non-disjunction and aberrant recombination patterns, bioinformatic prediction of imprinted and disease genes, the biological properties of chromosomes, segregation analysis, autozygosity mapping, and linkage mapping studies for various diseases, genome-wide association mapping and next generation sequencing. Recent research projects include: the development and application of machine learning methods to determine the genetic basis of early onset breast cancer; bioinformatic analyses of next-generation sequencing data and application to cancer genomes; approaches to meta-analysis to identify genetic factors influencing survival in early onset breast cancer and the genetic basis of paediatric inflammatory bowel disease.


Appointments held

Research interests

Current research interests include methods for improving the filtering of patient sequence data to identify disease variation, recognition of signatures of natural selection in genomes, genome sequence assembly, ancient DNA, the genetic basis of cleft lip and palate and analysis of patterns of linkage disequilibrium in human and non-human genomes. 

PhD supervision

  • 2003 Sarah Ennis PhD
  • 2004 William Tapper PhD
  • 2007 Winston Lau PhD
  • 2007 Mikkel Christensen PhD
  • 2008 Tai-Yue Kuo PhD
  • 2008 Jane Gibson PhD
  • 2009 Jay Self DM
  • 2010 Victoria Hammond PhD
  • 2011 Ioannis Politopoulos PhD
  • 2014 Reuben Pengelly PhD
  • 2015 Rosanna Upstill-Goddard PhD
  • 2016 Gaia Andreoletti PhD
  • 2019 Reza Jabalameli PhD

Current PhD students:

  • Dareen Alyousfi
  • Clare Horscroft
  • Alejandra Vergara-Lope 

Research group

Human Development and Health

Faculty ethics committee member

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Book Chapters




  • Scott, M., Boardman, R. P., Reed, P. A. S., Byatt, D., Stark, I., Cox, S. J., Coles, S. J., Collins, A., Earl, G. P., Jasion, G., Mbuya, T. O., & Soady, K. A. (2016). Introducing research data - fourth edition. University of Southampton.


Module lead MSc Genomic Medicine

Personal Academic Tutor BM programmes

Professor Andrew R Collins
Duthie Building (MP 808),
Southampton General Hospital,
SO16 6YD

Room Number : SGH/Duthie/MP808

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