Professor Colin Semple

Group Leader, Head of IGC Bioinformatics Analysis Core


Since 2001 I have led the Bioinformatics Analysis Core at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer (IGC), supporting approximately 500 scientists. We provide computational collaborative expertise to IGC experimental research groups, and also large research consortia such as the Scottish Genomes Partnership. I am also a member of the Edinburgh-St Andrews MRC Molecular Pathology Hub, the EpiGeneSys EU-wide network of excellence in epigenetics and systems biology, various MRC review panels and journal editorial boards. My PhD was in population genetics at the University of Edinburgh (1994), followed by postdoctoral stints at the University of Michigan and Trinity College Dublin exploring the first genome sequences derived from yeast and worms. In 1998 I joined the MRC Human Genetics Unit, studying the initial human genome sequence to understand human disease predisposition. These interests have continued to the present, with a current focus on regulatory variation in cancers and developmental disorders.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Population Genetics, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Science, Bioogical Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University

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