Evolutionary Biology

Within the Evolutionary Biology theme, we use a range of interdisciplinary approaches to understand the evolution of biological systems. These approaches include the study of the evolution of antibiotic resistance, how microbes maximise utilisation of environmental resources, how parasites and symbionts evolve to colonise host environments, how organisms fit on to the tree of life and how cellular, biochemistry and genomic characteristics vary across the tree of life. Our research makes use of a range of methods from microfluidic cell manipulation, mathematical modelling, algorithm development, genomic sequencing, phylogenomics, characterisation of sensory proteins,
manipulating endosymbiotic interactions, to characterising organelle function.

By bringing together diverse cellular, genomic and microbial approaches we aim to understand how evolutionary processes shape the diversification of biological systems.