‘I’m interested in how the information in our genes is read by our cells to make our bodies and how our genes and genomes evolve over time. For much of the past decade, I’ve been collecting data on how genes are turned on or off during human development to control when, where and how our organs are formed. We have recently published a large data-set which we hope other scientists and doctors will be able to use to interpret rare genetic changes they find when studying diseases.’
My name is Dave Gerrard. I grew up in Winsford in Cheshire and, after A levels, studied Zoology in London. After a couple of years working for a market research company and a short stint as a jungle guide, I studied for an MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester before moving to Birmingham to study the evolution of sex chromosomes for my PhD. After doing research in such exotic places as Germany and Norwich, I returned to Manchester in 2009 to study gene regulation. I am now a full time lecturer in the School of Biological sciences and I lecture mostly on evolution and genetics.
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