Dr Heiko Peters
Reader in Mammalian Genetics

  • Email: heiko.peters@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 241 8622
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 241 8666
  • Personal Website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihg
  • Address: Institute of Human Genetics
    International Centre for Life
    Central Parkway
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3BZ

Research Interests

The early development of nearly all organs is regulated by epithelial-mesenchymal interactions and our research focuses on the identification and functional analyses of genes regulating these processes. During critical phases of craniofacial development, the molecular cross-talk between epithelium and mesenchyme is regulated by Pax9, a gene that was recently associated with familial oligodontia in humans. To understand the molecular pathways controlled by Pax9 we develop transgenic models and apply micro-array technologies, in vitro organ culture, and a wide range of other techniques including immunohistochemistry, quantitative RT-PCR, and semi-automated in situ hybridisation.