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Willing to supervise doctoral students

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 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the HEA, Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 1 Sept 2016

Evolutionary Biology, Doctor of Philosophy, Understanding the Evolutionary Ecology of Dispersal, University of Oxford

1 Sept 20089 Sept 2011

Award Date: 2 Nov 2012

Evolutionary Biology, Bachelor of Science, BSc Evolutionary Biology (Hons), First Class, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

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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