Dr Robin Walters
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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.
Genome-wide association analyses for lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identify new loci and potential druggable targets.
Wain LV. et al, (2017), Nat Genet, 49, 416 - 425
A Loss-of-Function Variant in CETP Is Associated With Altered Lipid Metabolism but Not With Cardiovascular Disease Incidence in Chinese Adults
Chen Z. et al, (2016), CIRCULATION, 134, E711 - E711
Evaluation of type 2 diabetes genetic risk variants in Chinese adults: findings from 93,000 individuals from the China Kadoorie Biobank.
Gan W. et al, (2016), Diabetologia, 59, 1446 - 1457
The Burden of Hypertension and Associated Risk for Cardiovascular Mortality in China.
Lewington S. et al, (2016), JAMA Internal Medicine, 176, 524 - 532
Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 Loss-of-Function Variant and Risk of Vascular Diseases in 90,000 Chinese Adults.
Millwood IY. et al, (2016), J Am Coll Cardiol, 67, 230 - 231