Eleftheria Zeggini

Favourite Thing: Finding genes that increase our understanding of what causes disease in humans



1st Lyceum of Volos, Greece (1992-1995)


UMIST, Manchester, 1995-1999 (BSc) and University of Manchester 1999-2003 (PhD)

Work History:

Manchester, Oxford, Sanger


Human Genetics

Area of Research:

Human complex disease genetics

Find out more:

Me and my work

I work on diseases like obesity, arthritis, diabetes, anorexia and on other human traits like fat distribution, height and weight

We design and carry out large-scale experiments to find the genetic causes of common diseases like diabetes, obesity, anorexia and arthritis

My Typical Day

coffee, emails, meetings, calls, lunch, meetings, tea, analyses

I am computer-based and spend most of my time corresponding with collaborators, thinking about and designing experiments, talking to colleagues and interpreting results

Genome sequencing and my research

We use genotype and sequence data to find disease-causing genes

I work in human complex disease genetics research

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

What music do you have on your iPod?

red hot chilli peppers, morrissey

What is the most fun thing you've done?

travel around the world

What do you like to do away from work?

listen to music, play with my little boy

What did you want to be after you left school?

a research scientist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

not really

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

found new genes that cause obesity, diabetes, and arthritis

Tell us a joke.