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The Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine is currently led by the Interim Head Professor Rebecca Oakey. It is dedicated to the discovery of the genetic and epigenetic variation that underlies human disease, to understand the functional consequence of that variation and to use this knowledge to inform diagnostic practices and in the development of therapeutics. The Division hosts internationally competitive research programmes that encompass all aspects of this objective. They broadly fall into three areas: complex genetic disease, rare genetic disease and cancer genetics.

The Division consists of four sections: the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, the St John's Institute of Dermatology, the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology and the newly opened King’s Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. It provides a multidisciplinary, vibrant environment for collaboration between scientists, clinicians, statisticians and bio-informaticians.

The Division has close links to the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS foundation trust, particularly through the Dermatology and Genetics Clinics and to the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, with the BRC Genomics Laboratory and related informatics support being housed within the Division. Within the Academic Health Sciences Centre it is aligned with the Clinical Academic Grouping (CAG): Genetics, Rheumatology, Infection, Immunity and Dermatology. The Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine will house the Stem Cell Hotel. Our work is facilitated by a wide network of local and international collaborations.

There are a range of study opportunities within the Division both at the undergraduate and post graduate level with both BSc and MSc courses as well as a dynamic PhD programme.

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