About us.

Ecotype Genetics Ltd was founded by Prof. Fiona Mathews, Dr. Thomas Etheridge and Prof. Antony Carr. Our team has a wide range of ecological and genetic expertise which we use to help support the ecology and environmental management sector. We specialise in using DNA technologies to identify species from a range of samples collected during ecological surveys.

Using optimised protocols we can extract DNA from a variety of animal samples such as faeces, tissue and hair, and use molecular techniques such as quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) and DNA sequencing to accurately identify species. 

We also work closely with our clients to develop bespoke analyses for specific project requirements that don't match our standard services.

Who we are.

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Fiona Mathews

Fiona Mathews is Professor of Environmental Biology at the University of Sussex. She works on finding solutions to conservation problems and led the recent 20-year review of the Population and Conservation Status of British Mammals. She has a particular interest in bats, having worked on them for more than 20 years as an academic, ecological consultant, and volunteer. Research projects conducted in her group recently include developing molecular techniques to study the population genetic structure and age profile of Bechstein’s bats, research on the effects of wind turbines on bats, and a review for CIEEM of the effectiveness of bat mitigation strategies.

Tom Etheridge

Tom grew up in the Norfolk countryside before moving to Brighton to study BSc Biology at the University of Sussex. After graduating, Tom stayed at Sussex to complete a 4-year EU funded PhD in Biochemistry at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre. His PhD focussed on using molecular genetics and highly specialised fluorescence microscopy to understanding cellular DNA metabolism processes, and he has carried this research on into his postdoctoral studies. Tom’s research is highly multi-disciplinary, involving scientists from a variety of backgrounds and being at the centre of such a fast paced, cutting edge project lead him to develop a keen interest in entrepreneurship and business creation. Tom has pursued this passion and applied his knowledge gained in molecular genetics and DNA technologies to co-found Ecotype Genetics.

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Tony Carr

Tony studied Biological Sciences as an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia before obtaining his PhD in Biochemistry from Sussex University in 1987. Tony went on to establish an independent laboratory at the MRC Cell Mutation Unit. In 2001, he took the academic lead in establishing the Genome Damage and Stability Centre (GDSC) within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex, where he remains Director. Tony was elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in 2007 and was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015. Tony’s academic work continues to focus on understanding how DNA damage occurs and how this relates to cancer development.