Mark Jobling studied Biochemistry and completed a DPhil in Genetics at the University of Oxford. He moved to the University of Leicester in 1992 where he has been supported by Wellcome Trust fellowships and is now a Professor. His group uses human genetic diversity to investigate processes of colonisation, migration and admixture, and (with a focus on the Y chromosome) to study mutation processes. He also applies Y-chromosomal markers to understanding the relationships between Y types and patrilineal surnames, and in forensic analysis.