Dr. Zachary Ardern
Investigating the origins of new genes in bacteria and viruses
photo courtesy of Prof. Pablo Tsukayama
I am an evolutionary biologist using microbial genome and gene expression data to answer fundamental evolutionary questions such as the mechanisms of the origin of new genes. I work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge.
I warmly welcome opportunities to peer-review papers on microbial evolutionary genomics, de novo gene origins, experimental evolution, bacterial ribosome profiling or prokaryotic gene annotation. I am a reviewing editor for the Cambridge University Press open access journal “Experimental Results”.
I have interdisciplinary interests in the philosophy of biology and the complex relationship between science and religion.