Dr Alex Moorhouse is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Yuri Dubrova and Dr Rhona Anderson on the Genetic and Cytogenetic Assessment of British nuclear test veterans and their families.
Alex has gained degrees from the University of Exeter in bioinformatics and from UCL in human evolution. He has worked with a range of model organisms including Zebra fish, infectious yeast species of the genus Candida, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and mouse models of the malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei. Alex gained is PhD at the University of Aberdeen studying yeast genomics, population genetics and ancient DNA at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology with placement at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA.
As an early career researcher Alex has gained experience managing and operating genome sequencing facilities, supervising, training and liaising with staff and students at all levels and continues to developed bench and analytical skills including challenge experiments, microscopy, molecular cloning and NGS for RNA-seq, metagenomics, chromatin biology, whole genome assembly and annotation and genome wide variant discovery.
Based at the University of Leicester and working within the CHRC Alex is using whole genome sequencing techniques for the discovery and characterisation of de novo mutations among the Nuclear Test Veteran Cohort. The aim of this study is to determine whether there is any evidence of paternal exposure to ionising radiation as a result of Veteran participation at nuclear test sites.