Phenotype and the flexible genome: the role of epigenetic processes in development and human disease

Epigenetics refers to the study of heritable changes in genome function that occur without a change in primary DNA sequence. Epigenetics is emerging as a critical area of modern research and there have been rapid advances in our understanding of the functional consequences of alterations in epigenetic gene regulation and the response of epigenetic marks to environmental cues. To address these exciting new discoveries, we are hosting a one day meeting that will focus specifically on the phenotypic consequences of alterations in epigenetic gene regulation in mammals.

Scientific organisers:

Rosalind John and Anthony Isles


Professor Azim Surani, University of Cambridge, Gurdon Institute
Dr Myriam Hemberger, University of Cambridge, Babraham Institute
Dr Andrew Ward, University of Bath
Professor Alan Clarke, Cardiff University
Professor Anne Ferguson Smith, University of Cambridge
Dr Dietmar Spengler, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry
Professor Andrew P. Feinberg, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Professor Barry Keverne, University of Cambridge


Dr Madan Babu, University of Cambridge
The 2011 Balfour lecture