University of Bath

Milner Centre for Evolution PhD students

We are postgraduate researchers in the fields of biology and biochemistry studying evolution.

We undertake independent research, supported by an academic member of staff.

    • Liam Abrahams (supervisor: Professor Laurence D. Hurst)
      Project title: Is selection stronger on error proofing when populations are small: a comparative genomic analysis
    • Alin Acuna Alonzo (supervisor: Dr Araxi Urrutia)
      Project title: Uncovering the molecular basis of encephalization
    • Abdul Jalil Al Zadjali (supervisor: Dr Araxi Urrutia)
      Project title: Brain transcriptome analyses of GRB10 knockout, understanding the phenotypic effects on dominance behaviour
    • Laurence Belcher (supervisor: Professor Jason Wolf)
      Project title: Multidimensional evolution in a social microbe
    • Thomas Belcher (supervisor: Dr Andrew Preston)
      Project title: Developing the Bvg minus phase of Bordetella pertussis as a vaccine platform
    • Dana Buchan (supervisor: Professor Laurence D. Hurst)
      Project title: Development and evaluation of resources for teaching evolution in primary schools
    • Sarah Choderkar (supervisor: Dr Paula Kover)
      Project title: The Genetic Basis of Hybrid Incompatibility in Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for crop improvement
    • Debra De Loach (supervisor: Dr Stephanie Diezmann)
      Project title: Does developmental regulation of co-chaperones affect virulence?
    • Joelle Jansen (supervisor: Professor Laurence D. Hurst)
      Project title: The evolution of new genes and new gene expression
    • Catherine Klein (supervisor: Dr Nick Longrich)
      Project title: Mass extinction and adaptive radiation: evidence from fossil lizards, snakes and tuataras
    • Carolin Kobras (supervisor: Dr Susanne Gebhard)
      Project title: Functional analysis of conserved domains in the antimicrobial peptide resistance transporter BceAB of Bacillus subtilis
    • Naomi Lyons (supervisor: Dr Stephanie Diezmann)
      Project title: Is the Candida albicans Hsp90 co-chaperone complex essential for fungal virulence?
    • Phil Madgwick (supervisor: Professor Jason Wolf)
    • Kathryn Maher (supervisor: Dr Araxi Urrutia)
      Project title: Genomic basis of adaptation in avian systems)
    • Rebecca Mead (supervisor: Professor Laurence D. Hurst)
      Project title: The GEVOteach evolution and genetics teaching project: An investigation into the place of knowledge about genetics in accepting the theory of evolution in secondary school
    • David Mlynski (supervisor: Dr Nicholas Priest)
      Project title: On the multivariate analysis of animal networks
    • Janaina Oliveira (supervisor: Professor Jason Wolf)
      Project title: The role of pleiotrophy in the evolution of cooperation
    • Jack Oyston (supervisor: Dr Matthew Wills)
      Project title: Comparative insights into convergent evolution
    • Kate Petty (supervisor: Dr Paula Kover)
      Project title: The genetic basis of adaptation and plasticity in a salt tolerant Brassicacea
    • Polly Russell (supervisor: Dr Nick Longrich)
      Project title: Cretaceous-cenozoic evolution of the crocodylia, and the role of the environmental change in driving diversity
    • Rosina Savisaar (supervisor: Professor Laurence D. Hurst)
      Project title: Constraints on transcriptome evolution imposed by dual coding
    • Felipe Tallabs Grajeda (supervisor: Dr Nicholas Priest)
      Project title: The gut microbiome from health to dysbiosis: how microbes influence nutrient processing, sexual selection, healthy ageing and immunity
    • Mustafa Thega (supervisor: Dr Andrew Preston)
      Project title: Developing manduca sexta as a model for microbiome research
    • Bing Xia (supervisor: Dr Araxi Urrutia)
      Project title: Exploring the role of alternative splicing in determining the fate of new genes originating from gene duplication