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Dr Lucy van Dorp
Darwin Builing
  • Research Associate
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
Research Summary

My research is interested in using population genetics based and computational tools to answer key evolutionary questions using genomic data. I am particularly interested in understanding our own human evolution both in the context of human demography, migration and admixture history as well as with our interactions with infectious disease, particularly pathogenic bacteria, at both recent eg. the emergence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria and ancient eg. human population structure at the time of the Neolithic revolution, time-scales.

My key interests are:

  • Human and bacterial (pathogen) population genetics 
  • Haplotype-based methods to infer human demography eg. CHROMOPAINTER and fineSTRUCTURE and to identify, characterise and date admixture eg. GLOBETROTTER 
  • Ancient DNA (aDNA) as a tool for exploring evolution at deep time scales  
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in gram negative bacteria  
  • Transmission chain reconstruction, understanding the emergence and spread of outbreaks  
  • Metagenomic screening tools for rapid diagnostics and taxonomic characterisation
Academic Background
  AFHEA ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow  
2017 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Human Genetics University College London
2013 MRes Master of Research University College London
2012 MSc Master of Science University College London/Imperial College
2011 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Zoology Royal Holloway
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