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Prof Dallas Swallow
Darwin Building
Gower Street
  • Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
BSc Zoology, St Andrews University 1968
PhD in Genetics, University of London 1972
MRC Junior Research Fellowship, Department of Genetics and Biometry, UCL, 1972-4
MRC Human Biochemical Genetics Unit Scientist/Senior Scientist 1974-2001
Professor of Human Genetics UCL 1997-
Department of Biology/ Genetics Evolution and Environment 2002-
Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics  November 2013-
Research Summary

I am interested in the origin and significance of functional variation in epithelial proteins - molecules located at the barrier between the 'inside' and the 'outside' of the body - in particular mucins (MUCs) and digestive enzymes such as lactase. We study inter-individual variation at the DNA level as well as looking at the RNA and protein products of these genes and asking questions about gene/environment interactions. For example, together with others in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, we are pursuing the molecular basis and evolutionary significance of the lactase persistence polymorphism.

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