Dr Robin Walters
MA, PhD, PgDip
Dr Robin Walters completed degrees in Natural Sciences (Cambridge) and in Genetics (Liverpool) before working for 17 years on the biophysics, biochemistry and genetics of plant photosynthesis, first in Sheffield and then in Oxford. He then held a post as a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, before moving to CTSU in June 2012.
Dr Walters’s recent research has focussed on investigating the contribution of structural variation in the human genome to disease risk and phenotypic variation, with a particular focus on diabetes and obesity. He played a leading role in work identifying the highly penetrant obesity phenotype associated with a deletion on chromosome 16p, and the reciprocal effects of a duplication at the same locus.
He continues to have an interest in the development of novel methodologies for the identification and analysis of genomic structural variants. His current role is to plan and lead the genetic analysis of stroke risk in the China Kadoorie Biobank.
Improved prediction of fracture risk leveraging a genome-wide polygenic risk score
Lu T. et al, (2021), Genome Medicine, 13
Causal effects of gallstone disease on risk of gastrointestinal cancer in Chinese.
Pang Y. et al, (2021), Br J Cancer
A large-scale genome-wide association analysis of lung function in the Chinese population identifies novel loci and highlights shared genetic etiology with obesity.
Zhu Z. et al, (2021), Eur Respir J
Alcohol drinking and risks of total and site-specific cancers in China: a 10-year prospective study of 0.5 million adults.
Im PK. et al, (2021), Int J Cancer
Metabolic signatures of genetically elevated vitamin D among Chinese: observational and Mendelian randomization study.
Zhuang Z. et al, (2021), J Clin Endocrinol Metab