We have broad research interests in a variety of areas of genetics and genomics, often in collaboration with others, using novel computational, statistical and modelling techniques. Current research projects include the following:
Assembly of reference genome sequences using long read technologies, in particular for the Vertebrate Genomes Project, the 25 Genomes for 25 Years project, and the new Darwin Tree of Life project that aims to sequence all ~60,000 eukaryotic species native to the British Isles (Shane McCarthy, Iliana Bista, Haynes Heaton, and with many others).
Related to this, we have sequenced 25 species from the Antarctic Notothenioid radiation, including the iconic icefish which live in subzero waters and have lost their red blood cells, and are studying their evolution. (Iliana Bista)
Sequencing cichlid fishes from Lake Malawi and nearby lakes and rivers to study speciation and genomic evolution, with Associate Faculty member Eric Miska, George Turner from Bangor University and Martin Genner from Bristol University. (Tyler Linderoth, Hubert Denise)
Sequencing ancient DNA samples and modelling human population movements and evolutionary history. (Rui Martiniano)
Development of new novel graph-based reference genome structures and mapping software in the vg package, and other efficient genomic data storage and analysis methods (Marcus Klarqvist and Eric Dawson)
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