We are a computational biology group based in the MRC Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh with broad interests in human disease genomics and molecular evolution. Our group performs computational analyses of large-scale genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic datasets to shed light on the regulatory mechanisms encoded in the human genome. We also study the ways these mechanisms can be disrupted in diseases such as cancers. We collaborate with a wide range of experimental biologists and clinicians, from small groups of local researchers to international consortia. Our work is funded by the MRC and CSO.
Chromatin loop anchors seem to be a basic unit of the physical organisation of the human genome, providing stable architectural sites within the nucleus, and influencing gene expression. Vera’s work exploring the strange mutational landscape at loop anchors shows that these sites are also unusually fragile: showing high rates of DNA double strand breaks in … More Anchors in the storm