Denis Larkin


After graduating from the Novosibirsk State University, Dr. Larkin obtained Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk. Then he spent nine years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research was focused on studying chromosomal evolution and selection in mammals and other species using state-of-the-art methods of molecular genomics and bioinformatics. Earlier in his career he constructed high-resolution cattle radiation hybrid and physical maps which were used as backbones for the assembly of the cattle and pig genome sequences.

Dr. Larkin developed Evolution Highway an interactive tool to visualise comparative chromosome maps as well as SyntenyTracker, an algorithm to build homologous synteny blocks from the whole-genome maps or sequence alignments. He performed the analysis of milk production traits in the North American Holstein-Friesian population, and the genetic structure of Welsh sheep breeds.

After his move to the UK in 2010 Dr. Larkin spent three years as a lecturer in animal genetics at Aberystwyth University. Dr. Larkin joined the Royal Veterinary College in 2013. In 2012 Denis Larkin was awarded a BBSRC New Investigator award to support his research on comparative assembly of vertebrate genomes and later he received a BBSRC responsive mode grant to improve genome assemblies and study chromosome evolution in birds.