Genetics lies at the root of many human diseases. The University of Otago has a remarkable breadth of human genetics research studying both complex and single-gene diseases. As an example, researchers at the Cancer Genetics Laboratory are world-leaders in their field.
Our human developmental disease research provides an insight into how human embryos work, and how that is related to human health. We study both the genetics and epigenetics of human development and cell division.
Pharmocogenomics is another major area of research - this is a modern approach to understanding the side-effects of, and sensitivities to, drug treatments - by analysing the effect of a person's genes on their response to drugs.