Oxford University, 1962-1983, 1962-1983
This series includes the research papers of Walter Bodmer's earlier years in Oxford and those of the Genetics Laboratory researchers, including Julia Bodmer. Research-related materials represent the continuation and development of Bodmer's work into human tissue histocompatibility antigens and also somatic cell genetics. The series also illustrates the development of genetics as an academic discipline at Oxford University, and amongst departmental teaching notes, also includes papers relating to the accommodation for Bodmer's new lab.
Biographical / Historical
At the invitation of Oxford University, in 1970 Walter Bodmer returned to England with Julia and his family to take up the newly created Chair in Genetics. It was left to Bodmer to decide what department genetics would be allied with; zoology, botany or biochemistry. As a molecular biologist increasingly moving towards biochemical work, he chose to bring this newly created sub-department of genetics within the Department of Biochemistry. In his capacity as Professor of Genetics, Bodmer and his colleagues had the responsibility of all genetics teaching at the undergraduate level, from medical students to biochemists and biologists. At the new Genetics Laboratory the Bodmer's continued their research on the human leukocyte antigen system.