Fergal Waldron

Research Interests


I'm an evolutionary biologist interested in host-parasite coevolution and the evolution of host immune responses. I am particularly fascinated by the rapid evolutionary dynamics of host-virus systems, and how selection shapes adaptive responses and molecular evolution in both host and pathogen. My current research focuses on the origin and evolution of antiviral RNAi, and also the genetic basis and population genetics of antiviral resistance in Drosophila.


When Where What
2018-2021 University of Edinburgh Leverhulme Trust funded Post-Doctoral Researcher "A laboratory model for antiviral immunity in mollusks"
2014-2016 University of Edinburgh Leverhulme Trust funded Post-Doctoral Researcher "The phylogenetic origins of antiviral RNAi in animals"
2013 University of Edinburgh Wellcome Trust funded PGRA
2009-2013 University of Cambridge PhD. "The genetics and evolution of resistance to sigma virus in Drosophila melanogaster" supervised by Dr. Frank Jiggins in the department of Genetics.
2007-2008 University of Edinburgh MSc. "Quantitative genetics and genome analysis"
2003-2006 National University of Ireland, Galway MRes. "A study on the effects of habitat permanence of flightlessness in water beetle community assemblages" supervised by Dr. Kieran McCarthy in the department of Zoology
1998-2003 National University of Ireland, Galway BSc. (Hons.) Zoology

Representative Publications

Waldron FM, Stone GS, Obbard DJ, (2018). Metagenomic sequencing suggests a diversity of RNA interference-like responses to viruses across multicellular eukaryotes PLoS Genet 14(7): e1007533

Medd NC, Fellous S, Waldron FM, Nakai M, Xuereb A, Cross JV, Obbard DJ (2018) The virome of Drosophila suzukii, an invasive pest of soft fruit Virus Evolution, Volume 4(1): vey009,

Gregory, J. M., Waldron , F. M., Soane, T., Fulton, L., Leighton, D., Chataway, J., Suvankar, P., Chandran, S., Macleod, M. R. (2016). Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of experimental models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Evidence-based Preclinical Medicine. doi: 10.1002/ebm2.23

Webster CL, Waldron FM, Robertson S, Crowson D, Ferrari G, Quintana JF, Brouqui J-M, Bayne EH, Longdon B, Buck AH, Lazzaro BP, Akorli J, Haddrill PR,Obbard DJ, (2015) The discovery, distribution, and evolution of viruses associated with Drosophila melanogaster PLoS Biology 13(7): e1002210.

Haddrill PR, Waldron FM,and Charlesworth B. (2008) Elevated levels of expression associated with regions of the Drosophila genome that lack crossing over. Biology Letters. 4, 758-76.

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