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

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics

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Professor 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, biological properties of chromosomes, segregation analysis, autozygosity mapping, and linkage mapping studies for various diseases, genome-wide association mapping and next generation sequencing.

He is currently working on the genetic basis of cleft lip and palate, breast cancer and leukemia, along with methodology for analysis of next generation sequencing data and patterns of linkage disequilibrium in human and non-human genomes. Google Scholar:


BSc (Hons.) Zoology, University of Nottingham (1982).
MSc Biological Computation, University of York (1989)
PhD, University of Southampton (1994).

Appointments held

Senior research fellow, Human Genetics, University of Southampton, 1995-1996

Non-clinical lecturer, Human Genetics, University of Southampton,1997-2001

Reader, Human Genetics, University of Southampton, 2001-2005





Research interests

Current research is focused on:

1. The development and application of machine learning methods for the identification of the genetic basis of early onset breast cancer.
2. Development of bioinformatic analyses of next-generation sequencing data and application to cancer genomes.
3. Approaches to meta-analysis to determine the genetic basis of risk and he identification of genetic factors influencing survival in early onset breast cancer.
4. The genetic basis of paediatric inflammatory bowel disease.



Human Development and Health

Affiliate Department(s)

Human development and physiology Research group

Postgraduate student 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


Ioannis Politopoulos PhD

University of Southampton

Member of Southampton High Performance Computing steering group.
Member of the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS) executive board

Associate Editor for the Annals of Human Genetics and the Open Bioinformatics Journal.

Visiting Professorships, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne.

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