Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineInstitute of Clinical Sciences

Professor of Computational Biology



+44 (0)20 3313 8353b.lenhard Website




Mr Alastair Douglas Ivor Williams +44 (0)20 3313 4318




230ICTEM buildingHammersmith Campus





The development of complex organisms critically depends upon regulation of gene activity across dozens, hundreds or millions of cells in time and space. This regulation ensures the fidelity of development of complex structures and the overall function of the organism. Its disruption therefore often leads to disease.
We study gene regulation at the genomewide level using computational genomics and epigenomics. Our major research interests focus on:

  • Structure and function of gene promoters
  • Function and genomic distribution of gene regulatory elements
  • Function of transcription factors
  • Regulation of the production of transcription factors i.e. transcriptional regulatory networks (TRNs)
  • Association of different modes of regulation with epigenetic marks and their inheritance

Our recent work centres on the functional classification of core promoters, the development of methods to correctly assign regulatory elements to the genes they regulate, and the role of the epigenome in guiding development.



Casadio R, Lenhard B, Sternberg MJE, 2021, Computational Resources for Molecular Biology 2021, Journal of Molecular Biology, Vol:433, ISSN:0022-2836

Bonetti A, Agostini F, Suzuki AM, et al., 2021, RADICL-seq identifies general and cell type-specific principles of genome-wide RNA-chromatin interactions (vol 11, 1018, 2020), Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723

Weiss FD, Calderon L, Wang Y-F, et al., 2021, Neuronal genes deregulated in Cornelia de Lange Syndrome respond to removal and reexpression of cohesin, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723

D'Orazio FM, Balwierz PJ, Gonzalez AJ, et al., 2021, Germ cell differentiation requires Tdrd7-dependent chromatin and transcriptome reprogramming marked by germ plasm relocalization, Developmental Cell, Vol:56, ISSN:1534-5807, Pages:641-+

Beltran T, Pahita E, Ghosh S, et al., 2021, Integrator is recruited to promoter-proximally paused RNA Pol II to generate Caenorhabditis elegans piRNA precursors, The Embo Journal, Vol:40, ISSN:0261-4189, Pages:1-17

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