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Dr Michelle Thunders

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Academic Qualifications

2015  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

2004  Postgraduate Certificate for teaching in Higher Education (PG Cert HE), University of Westminster, UK

2001  PhD Human Genetics, University College London, UK. 

1997  BSc Human Genetics (Hons), University College London, UK

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding what makes us unique, how our genes are controlled and how our behaviour and our environment interact with our genome contributing to our physical phenotype. I have moved into bioinformatics research, specifically the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data and comparative RNA expression

I am interested in the  epigenetic regulation of our genes, particularly relating environment to fertility and sperm success.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000):
Education (130000):
Epigenetics (incl. Genome Methylation and Epigenomics) (060404): Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (060405): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Neurosciences (110900):
Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)


Human Genetics

Genotype:Phenotype analysis


Polymorphism analysis

Comparative gene expression

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 1 0
Emergency Supervisor 1 0
CoSupervisor 1 1


214.101: Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function

214.102: Applied Sciences for Health Professionals

214.201: Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function

214.202: Pharmacology

214.211: Environmental Science

214.212: Research Methods in the Health Sciences

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Victoria Chinn - PhD
    A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Women's Health

CoSupervisor of:

  • Wouter Peeters - PhD
    Insulin Resistance in Adult Type-2 diabetic Skeletal Muscle: The Effects of Exercise and Dietary-Protein Induced Skeletal Muscle Plasticity controlling Blood Flow and Glucose Transport.

Completed Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

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