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Prof Stephan Beck
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  • Professor or Medical Genomics
  • Research Department of Cancer Bio
  • Cancer Institute
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Stephan Beck PhD FMedSci is Professor of Medical Genomics at the University College London (UCL) Cancer Institute. Using experimental and computational approaches, his laboratory has broad interests in the genomics and epigenomics of phenotypic plasticity in health and disease. He has over 30 years experience in high-throughput genomics and has co-authored over 350 publications that have attracted over 65,000 citations to date. He received his PhD in 1985 from the University of Konstanz where he studied DNA structure. After appointments at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, Millipore Corporation in Boston and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, he joined the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in 1996. During his tenure as Head of Human Sequencing (1998-2006), he played a leading role in the sequencing and analysis of the human and mouse genomes. He is a founding member of the  Human Epigenome Project and the Personal Genome Project UK and serves on numerous national and international advisory boards.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.

Research Summary

My laboratory has broad interests in the genomics and epigenomics of phenotypic plasticity in health and disease. In addition to genetic variations, we study epigenetic variations such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNAs and how they modulate genome function. Central to our research is the development systems approaches for integration of multi-dimensional data and their application to epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) in cancer and other common diseases to advance translational, regenerative and personalized medicine. The Medical Genomics Group offers state-of-the-art facilities and a stimulating environment for graduate and post-doctoral training.

For further details, please visit:  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/cancer/research/department-cancer-biology/medical-genomics-group

Teaching Summary

I teach on the below MSc Courses:

Cancer (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/cancer-msc)

Drug Design (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/wibr/teaching/msc)

CoMPLEX (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/complex)

Genomic Medicine (http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/155742.html)

Academic Background
1985   Doctor of Philosophy Universitat Konstanz
1982   Master of Science Universitat Konstanz
1979   Bachelor of Science Universitat Konstanz
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