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Christine Fosker

Head of Research Faculty Office

Christine Fosker


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Christine Fosker

Christine Fosker is responsible for the Institute's scientific administration, supporting the Director with strategy development, Faculty recruitment, career development and project management of the complete life-cycle of the Institute’s research grants. 

Christine has worked in the field of Genomics for +25 years, beginning her career working on the Human Genome Project at the Sanger Centre. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (funded by the MRC and the WTSI) supervised by Professor Emmanouil (Manolis) Dermitzakis on the topic of the evolution of functional non-coding DNA in humans. She worked as a Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute for her secondary supervisor Professor Matthew Hurles, studying the evolution of the regulation of duplicated genes and the mechanisms forming Copy Number Variants. She joined the Earlham Institute in 2010 as Head of Directorate to support the founding Director Dr Jane Rogers set-up the Institute’s governance and administration.


Conserved noncoding sequences are selectively constrained and not mutation cold spots.

J A Drake, C Bird, J Nemesh, D J Thomas, C Newton-Cheh, A Reymond, L Excoffier, H Attar, S E Antonarakis, E T Dermitzakis & J N Hirschhorn. Nature Genetics 38, 223 - 227 (2005) Published online: 25 December 2005; | doi:10.1038/ng1710.

Fast-evolving noncoding sequences in the human genome.

Christine P Bird, Barbara E Stranger, Maureen Liu, Daryl J Thomas, Catherine E Ingle, Claude Beazley, Webb Miller, Matthew E Hurles and Emmanouil T DermitzakisEmail author.Genome Biology 20078:R118. DOI: 10.1186/gb-2007-8-6-r118©  Bird et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007. Published: 19 June 2007

Mutation spectrum revealed by breakpoint sequencing of human germline CNVs.

Donald F Conrad, Christine Bird, Ben Blackburne, Sarah Lindsay, Lira Mamanova, Charles Lee, Daniel J Turner & Matthew E Hurles. Nature Genetics 42, 385–391 (2010) doi:10.1038/ng.564. Published online 04 April 2010.

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