RC Harwell (IMPC) | UK

Tertius is the Operations Manager of the Mary Lyon Centre’s Pathology Services, at the Medical Research Council Harwell Institute in Oxfordshire, UK. The Institute is at the international forefront of the use of mouse genetics to study the relationship between genes and disease. The Mary Lyon Centre is a large-scale mouse breeding and phenotyping facility with capacity for 55,000 mice at any one time in an SPF environment. The centre delivers mouse genetic and phenotyping services to the UK and International research community.


Tertius’ team provide services in Clinical Pathology, Histology and Necropsy. His role includes project management, management of scientific services and the delivery of phenotyping data for a range of research programmes in functional genetics, including high throughput screens, e.g. the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) programme. Tertius has an interest in quality management and technical training. He is the site lead for professional registration of scientists and technicians and the nominated institutional lead for the delivery of the Technicians Commitment.


Tertius was born in South Africa, and holds a BSc in Zoology & Biochemistry and a BSc Honours in Zoology – both from the University of Port Elizabeth. He subsequently obtained a Ph.D. (focussed in Genetics) from Imperial College London. He previously worked for GlaxoSmithKline and has a background in clinical diagnostics and clinical trials. Tertius is a registered Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science and serves on the Editorial Board for the Laboratory Animals journal.