• 352 Citations
  • 6 h-Index

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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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Research Output

  • 352 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 12 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Letter

Airyscan Superresolution Microscopy to Study Trypanosomatid Cell Biology

Harmer, J., Belbelazi, A., Carr, M. & Ginger, M., 28 Mar 2020, Trypanosomatids: Methods and Protocols. Michels, P. A. M., Ginger, M. L. & Zilberstein, D. (eds.). Humana Press, Vol. 2116. p. 449-461 13 p. (Methods in Molecular Biology; vol. 2116).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • A genomic survey of transposable elements in the choanoflagellate Salpingoeca rosetta reveals selection on codon usage

    Southworth, J., Grace, C., Marron, A., Fatima, N. & Carr, M., 23 Nov 2019, In : Mobile DNA. 10, 19 p., 44.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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
  • 2 Citations (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
  • 6 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
  • 17 Citations (Scopus)


    Genetica (Journal)

    Martin Carr (Reviewer)
    2 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    PhD Examination

    Martin Carr (Examiner)
    28 Jun 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    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