We are Hiring!

If you're interested in working with us, please get in touch.

We shortly expect to be advertising for two positions, preferably to start late spring 2020. For informal inquiries, please email me

  • A three year post-doctoral position working on genome assembly and population-genetic questions in Drosophila. This would likely suit someone with a PhD in a computational/bioinformatic area
  • An 18 month technican position working with Drosophila in the lab and the field, and with Drosophila DNA. This would likely suit someone with an enthusiam for insects and insect biology who would like to gain research experience

We are currently advertising 2 PhD projects for competitive funding streams:

  • "EASTBIO Phylogenomics on-the-fly: An automated evolutionary genomics pipeline for Drosophilidae" with Darren Obbard and Mike Ritchie (via the EastBio doctoral training programme for UK applicants, or the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh for international applicants)
  • "E4 Is there a host-virus arms-race?" with Darren Obbard and Andrew Rambaut (via the E4 doctoral training programme for UK applicants, or the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh for international applicants)
The closing dates for PhD applications are very early (December 2019 or Jan 2020). Interviews will be held early in the Spring of 2020, and students would start in October 2020. If you want to know more, please email me

Current Lab Members

Past PhD Students, PostDocs, Research Assistants, and Visitors

MSc Project students and BSc Honours Project Students

  • Ellen Hazelhurst (BSc Hons student 2020)
  • Sanjana Ravindran (WT-HPGH MSc Rotation 2018-19)
  • Tymek Pieszko (Summer Project 2019)
  • Sarah Coates (BSc Hons student 2019)
  • Miranda Jarrett (Summer Project 2018)
  • Spyros Lytras (Summer Project 2018)
       Then a PhD student at the University of Glasgow
  • Alistair Greaves (BSc Hons student 2018)
  • Oumie Kuyateh (WT-HPGH MSc Rotation 2017-18)
  • Danang Crysnanto (MSc QGGA, Feb-August 2017),
       Then a PhD student at ETH in Zurich
  • Cameron McNamara (BSc Hons student 2017)
       Then a PhD student at the University of Glasgow
  • Naomi Letley (BSc Hons student 2017)
  • Yin Yuen (MSc Biomedical Sciences, October 2016- March 2017)
  • Chaoying Wang (MSc Bioinformatics, March-August 2016)
  • Jamie Gorzynski (Genetics Society Summer Studentship 2016)
       Then the Edinburgh QGGA MSc followed by a PhD student at the Roslin Institute
  • Iain Gordon (MSc Bioinformatics, March-August 2015)
  • Ryan Imrie (Genetics Society Summer Studentship 2015)
       Then a PhD student at the University of Exeter
  • Marianne McDonald (BSc Hons student 2015)
  • Robin Morrison (BSc Hons student 2014)
       Then a PhD student at the University of Cambridge
  • Jack Richard-Bollans (MSc Bioinformatics, March-August 2014),
       Then a PhD student at the IGMM
  • Jean-Michel Brouqui (Polytech Clermont-Ferrand)
  • Gareth Collier (BSc Hons student 2013)
  • Andrew Mason (BSc Hons student 2013)
       Then a PhD student at Roslin
  • Alex Skotnicki (MSc QGGA, June-August 2012)
  • Gemma Murray (MSc QGGA, June-August 2011),
       PhD with John Welch, then Post-Doc with Beth Shapiro
  • Emma Hodcroft (MSc QGGA, June-August 2010),
       PhD then Post-Doc with Andy Leigh Brown
  • Luke Thomas (BSc Hons student 2009)
  • Sebastian Rous (BSc Hons student 2008)
  • Chris Burnett (BSc Hons student 2006)

Collaborators

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