Evolutionary Genomics Research Centre

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Evolutionary genetics has undergone a huge shift since 2005, due to new DNA sequencing technologies. Next-generation sequencing at the level of the whole genome has contributed enormously to our understanding of not only the human past (in archaeogenetics) but to the evolutionary history of life on earth more broadly. The Research Centre includes scientists with diverse interests ranging from forensic archaeology and entomology to molecular ecology and adaptation, from the origins of animals to the evolution of horizontal transfer, and from evolutionary cell biology to human origins, prehistoric human migrations and domestication. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Mitochondrial DNA, Y-chromosome, genome wide and whole genome sequence analysis in modern and ancient humans, domesticates and commensals
  • Ecological genomics and evolution
  • Eukaryotic evolution
  • The evolutionary origin of animals
  • Mobile selfish DNA
  • Codon usage bias and protein synthesis

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. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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