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The Role of Environmental Change in Gene Regulatory Network Evolution

Research interests

My work broadly focuses on using experimental evolution to understand fundamental questions concerning ecological and evolutionary processes. Specifically, I use microbial experimental evolution in combination with molecular and bioinformatic techniques to determine the evolutionary drivers of gene regulatory networks (GRNs). In addition, I use experimental evolution with cancer cell populations to understand how we might quantify the role of evolution by natural selection of clinically important cancerous traits.

Other responsibilities

I am also a passionate advocator of early years science communication. I have written two books on evolutionary biology for an audience ranging from 6 - 12 years old. For more information see https://tiffanybtaylor.wordpress.com/childrens-books/ 

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the HEA, Higher Education Academy

Evolutionary Biology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

1 Sep 20089 Sep 2011

Evolutionary Biology, Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

External positions

Member of the Rosalind Franklin Award Committee, The Royal Society

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021


  • QH301 Biology
  • Experimental Evolution
  • Molecular Biology
  • Gene regulatory networks
  • Microbiology

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Research Output

Cancer cell lines show high heritability for motility but not generation time

Wass, A., Butler, G., Taylor, T., Dash, P. & Johnson, L., 15 Apr 2020, In : Royal Society Open Science. 7, 4, 8 p., 191645.

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Why humans (or something very similar) may have been destined to walk the Earth

Horton, J. & Taylor, T., 6 Jun 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Ecological and demographic correlates of cooperation from individual to budding dispersal

Rodrigues, A. M. M. & Taylor, T. B., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 31, 7, p. 1058-1070 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)

    Multifaceted impacts of bacteriophages in the plant microbiome

    Koskella, B. & Taylor, T. B., 25 Aug 2018, In : Annual Review of Phytopathology. 56, p. 361-380 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    6 Citations (Scopus)