Professor Andrew Collins began his academic career in Southampton in 1989 and was appointed as the head of the Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics research group in 2002. He has developed a diversity of research projects covering non-disjunction and aberrant recombination patterns, bioinformatic prediction of imprinted genes, biological properties of chromosomes, segregation analysis, autozygosity mapping and linkage and association mapping studies for various diseases. He was one of the first to establish association mapping methodology for localising common disease variants and developed methods for construction of linkage disequilibrium maps and the LDMAP program. He currently specialises in the development and application of next generation sequencing for genome analysis, identifying disease genes and the application of machine learning methods for establishing disease genotype phenotype relationships. He is currently working on the genetic basis of cleft lip and palate, breast cancer, leukemia and paediatric inflammatory bowel disease. He has 190 papers in international journals.