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Dr Daniel Jeffares
Darwin 636
Research Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment
Gower Street
Tel: 020 76792686
Fax: 020 7679 7096
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Originally from New Zealand.

1990  BSc., Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
1994  BSc(Hons, 1st Class). Massey University, New Zealand.
2001  PhD Massey University, New Zealand.
2001 Danish National Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University Of Copenhagen.
2004 Research Associate, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
2008 Staff Scientist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
2009 Senior Research Fellow in Cellular Systems Biology, University College London.

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Daniel Jeffares is interested in the molecular evolution of genes and genomes. His focus is the constraints, effects and oddities that arise in genomes due to the forces of selection, evolutionary tinkering and the necessities of molecular and cellular biology. He uses a variety of tools and data including comparative genomics, population genomics and the analysis of gene expression and cellular biology.

He has conducted ground-breaking research on:

  • The early origin of life, genes and genomes in the RNA world.
  • The patterns and processes of intron evolution in the history of eukaryote genomes.
  • Evolution and natural selection in malaria parasite (Plasmodium) genomes.

He is now focusing on the diversity, dispersal and evolution of the model yeast species Schizosaccharomyes pombe, initiating the first genome-scale population genomics analysis of this species.

Teaching Summary

Student supervision for 3rd year projects, summer students, PhD rotations and MRes projects.

Tutor for MRes in Systems Biology.

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