School of Biomedical Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Heiko Peters

Reader in Mammalian Genetics


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.