Academic Overview

My academic interests are primarily in developing molecular evolutionary theory in light of empirical findings in microbial systems.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in microbial evolutionary genomics, working at the chair of Microbial Ecology at the Technical University of Munich.  I am exploring the evolution of overlapping genes in Escherichia coli, and supervising two PhD students in related work.

My PhD in the theory and analysis of microbial experimental evolution was awarded by the University of Auckland on 1st May 2017 (thesis submitted Sept. 2016)
Title: Small Change? Adaptation and its Costs, in Experimental Evolution

PGDipSci in molecular Biology, University of Auckland 2013.
Including special topics in physics (the physical basis of molecular genetics), and philosophy (science, religion, and atheism).

BA|BSc conjoint degrees majoring in Philosophy, Economics, and Biology, UoA 2012.

Conference Presentations include:

Next Generation Sequencing Conference, Palmerston North (NZ)
American Society of Microbiology, 1st Conf. on experimental evolution, Washington DC

Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Human Nature conference, Oxford
British Society for the Philosophy of Science annual conference, Manchester
International Conf. on the Evolution and Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance, Amsterdam
Society for Code Biology annual Conference, Jena

Australasian Mycological Society, Queenstown
European Advanced Seminars in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Vienna

Phylogroup XI, University College London
Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Montpellier  (poster)
Molecular Origins of Life, Munich (poster)


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