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I studied Biochemistry and Genetics and then gained a PhD in population genetics at the University of Nottingham. My PhD work led to a long-term interest in transposable elements (a diverse group of genetic parasites found in most organisms). My postdoctoral career took me to the Natural History Museum, London, UCL, York and Leeds, during which time I developed an interest in reconstructing the branching of the Eukaryotic Tree of Life. My main interest is in the eukaryotic supergroup Opisthokonta, which contains the animals, fungi and their single-celled relatives. In particular, I study a group of aquatic protists called the choanoflagellates, which I recently showed to be the sister-group of the animals. This work has yielded important findings on how animals evolved from their unicellular ancestors. Through international collaborations I am currently working on various aspects of opisthokont genomics.

During my time at the Universities of York and Leeds I lectured on bioinformatics, phylogenetics and population genetics. I am a member of the Genetics Society and the British Society of Protist Biology (BSPB). Since 2009 I have been a committee member of the BSPB and I am currently the Society Treasurer.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Protist evolution and the origin of animals

Genome evolution and the population genetics of transposable elements.

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Alveolata Medicine & Life Sciences
Ciliophora Medicine & Life Sciences
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gene Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Research Output 2009 2018

Patterns of Ancestral Animal Codon Usage Bias Revealed Through Holozoan Protists

Southworth, J., Armitage, P., Fallon, B., Dawson, H., Bryk, J. & Carr, M., 1 Oct 2018, In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. 35, 10, p. 2499-2511 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

The influence of alcohol content variation in UK packaged beers on the uncertainty of calculations using the Widmark Equation

Maskell, P., Holmes, C., Huismann, M., Reid, S., Carr, M., Jones, B. & Maskell, D., 1 Jul 2018, In : Science and Justice. 58, 4, p. 271-275 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Alcoholic Beverages
11 Citations (Scopus)

A six-gene phylogeny provides new insights into choanoflagellate evolution

Carr, M., Richter, D. J., Fozouni, P., Smith, T. J., Jeuck, A., Leadbeater, B. S. C. & Nitsche, F., Feb 2017, In : Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 107, p. 166-178 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
new genus
24 Citations (Scopus)

Beyond the "Code": A Guide to the Description and Documentation of Biodiversity in Ciliated Protists (Alveolata, Ciliophora)

Warren, A., Patterson, D. J., Dunthorn, M., Clamp, J. C., Achilles-day, U. E. M., Aescht, E., Al-farraj, S. A., Al-quraishy, S., Al-rasheid, K., Carr, M., Day, J. G., Dellinger, M., El-serehy, H. A., Fan, Y., Gao, F., Gao, S., Gong, J., Gupta, R., Hu, X., Kamra, K. & 36 othersLanglois, G., Lin, X., Lipscomb, D., Lobban, C. S., Luporini, P., Lynn, D. H., Ma, H., Macek, M., Mackenzie-dodds, J., Makhija, S., Mansergh, R. I., Martín-cereceda, M., Mcmiller, N., Montagnes, D. J. S., Nikolaeva, S., Ong'ondo, G. O., Pérez-uz, B., Purushothaman, J., Quintela-alonso, P., Rotterová, J., Santoferrara, L., Shao, C., Shen, Z., Shi, X., Song, W., Stoeck, T., La Terza, A., Vallesi, A., Wang, M., Weisse, T., Wiackowski, K., Wu, L., Xu, K., Yi, Z., Zufall, R. & Agatha, S., Jul 2017, In : Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Successive Bacterial Colonisation of Pork and its Implications for Forensic Investigations

Handke, J., Procopio, N., Buckley, M., Van Der Meer, D., Williams, G., Carr, M. & Williams, A., Dec 2017, In : Forensic Science International. 281, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms
Ribosomal DNA

Activities 1996 2019

Widespread tRNA Deamination In A 900 Million Year Old Premetazoan

Martin Carr (Speaker)
3 Jan 20196 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Patterns of codon usage in the transposable elements of the choanoflagellate Salpingoeca rosetta

Martin Carr (Speaker)
24 Jun 201925 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

PhD Examination

Martin Carr (Examiner)
28 Jun 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

Patterns of Codon Usage In The Unicellular Relatives of Animals

Martin Carr (Speaker)
29 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (External organisation)

Martin Carr (Member)
2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute