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- Senior Research Fellow
- Genetics, Evolution & Environment
- Div of Biosciences
- Faculty of Life Sciences
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.
Student supervision for 3rd year projects, summer students, PhD rotations and MRes projects.