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Dr Santi Rodriguez

Dr Santi Rodriguez

Dr Santi Rodriguez
BSc, MSc, PhD(Compostela)

Senior Lecturer in Population and Molecular Genetics

Area of research

Human Population and Molecular Genetics

Office OS2B
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 1173310133


My current research is mainly focused on the study of the influence that genetic factors have on complex risk traits for common human diseases from an evolutionary, epidemiological and functional point of view.


I obtained my degree in Biology in the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) (Spain) in 1994. In 1995, I obtained my Mphil in the USC (Spain) working on a project combining Cytogenetics and Population Genetics.

My PhD project in the USC (Spain) (1999) was both in the characterization of patterns of gametic disequilibrium (or linkage disequilibrium, LD) between dinucleotide repeat loci spanning human chromosome 11p15, and in the development of a new methodology (now patented) for dinucleotide repeat genotyping.

In 2002, I moved to the Human Genetics Division (University of Southampton), funded in the first instance by a European Community Marie Curie Fellowship. I was involved first in the analysis of human chromosome Y in the context of complex traits. I continued working within the Human Genetics Division as a postdoctoral research fellow until October 2006, funded from a UK Medical Research Council Programme grant and from HOPE. My main work has been in statistical genetic analyses of two candidate genomic regions (the IGF2-INS-TH region and the ACE-GH cluster) in relation to metabolic and cardiovascular risk traits, but I also performed experimental laboratory work (focused on specific SNPs, microsatellites and method developments).

In 2006 I moved to the Department of Social Medicine (University of Bristol), initially as a lecturer, until 2011, when I progressed to Senior Lecturer. During this period of time, I have been involved on a wide range of projects centred on Human Genetics. These include human population genetic studies, genetic epidemiological studies and molecular genetic studies.


  • Population Genetics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Genetic Epidemiology


  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Prostate Cancer


  • Copy Number Variants genotyping
  • Quantitative PCR

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