In the Jeffares lab we do research in genome evolution, population genomics, genetics & molecular evolution. We are interested in the processes of molecular evolution, population and quantitative genomics. These questions are a taste of what we do:
♠ How can a genome evolve when it’s function is constrained (and influenced by) the need to produce an effective organism?
♠ How does cell biology and molecular/gene biology influence molecular evolution?
♠ How do parasites evolve to avoid and manipulate their hosts?
Our research is organism-agnostic, we have worked on plants (Arabidopsis & maize), metazoans (C. elegans), some avleolates (Plasmodium) and now the single-celled yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe, see here). We will also examine both very ancient events (eg: the RNA world) or very recent events (eg: malaria parasite diversity) to look for interesting phenomena.
I am a lecturer at The University of York in the Department of Biology and an honorary research associate at UCL. I’m a member of these organisations: The RA Fisher Centre for Computational Biology, The Genetics Society, The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. I am an associate editor for BMC Genomics.
Postdoc: A one-year Wellcome-funded postdoc is available in my lab, to work on Leishmania infantum population genomics. In collaboration with Jeremy Mottram.
3-year fully funded PhD studentship at York to work on the genomic basis of phage-antibiotic synergy with Ralstonia plant pathogen. In collaboration with Ville Friman. Applications welcome now: here.
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