Professor Darren Monckton
Dr. Monckton is Professor of Human Genetics (Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology) at the University of Glasgow. After graduating from the University of Bath with a BSc in Biochemistry, he went on to complete his PhD at the University of Leicester investigating genetic instability at the minisatellite repeat loci used in DNA profiling. He then received a Muscular Dystrophy Association Fellowship to move to Baylor College of Medicine where he first began working on myotonic dystrophy type 1. After completing his fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center he moved to the University of Glasgow here he established his own group. He is internationally recognized for his work in understanding the molecular turnover and role of tandemly repeated DNA sequences in the human genome and their relationship to inherited disease, with a specific focus on the CTG repeat within the gene associated with myotonic dystrophy type 1.