Dr Kumar Saurabh Singh
Research Fellow


Broad research specialisms

Insect resistance to synthetic insecticides and the anti-herbivore defense chemicals produced by many plants is an ongoing challenge to sustainable pest management, while also an exceptional model system to study adaptive evolution. I am currently utilizing bioinformatic and phylogenomic approaches to detect how qualitative changes that alter metabolic activities and quantitative changes in insect resistant genes expression can cause a genome to evolve. Genome evolution is the process by which a genome changes in structure or size over time. To gather knowledge about the changes in genome, specifically agricultural related pests and bee species, we apply Next Generation Sequencing techniques followed by comparative genomics. Host plant shifts of herbivorous insects may be a first step toward sympatric speciation and can create new pests of agriculturally important crops. However, the molecular mechanisms that mediate this process are poorly understood. With the advent of NGS technologies we are now one step closer to answer how genomes change to create new species and in defining molecular drivers in insect host adaptation.


2014, University of Camerino, Italy (PhD)
2007, Nottingham Trent University, UK (MSc.)
2006, University of Pune, India (BSc.)


2016 – present Post-Doctoral Research Fellow University of Exeter
2014 – 2015 Post-Doctoral Bioinformatics Scientist– Rothamsted Research
2011 – 2014 EU FP7 Research Fellow (PhD) Innovative Aquatic Biosensors (MicroAQUA), University of Camerino
2008 – 2011 Bioinformatics Scientist – PREMIER Biosoft

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