I work on the evolutionary ecology of microbes by primarily studying evolution in real-time in controlled lab experiments (experimental evolution) with various strains of bacteria (Pseudomonas spp.) viruses (bacteriophages), nematode worms (Caenorhabditis elegans) and fruit flies (Drosophila spp.). My research focuses on social evolution and virulence in parasites.

My main interests include: 

  • How does multiplicity of infection affect virulence?
  • How should virulence evolve in response to the spatial structure of parasites?
  • How do various life history and demographic parameters correlate with parasite virulence?
  • Co-evolutionary dynamics of host-parasite interactions

Research

  • Oct. 2014-Present: Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow - University of Cambridge (with Frank Jiggins),
  • Sep. 2013-Sep. 2014: ERC Post-doctoral research assistant - University of Oxford (with Stu West)

Education

  • Oct. 2009- Sep. 2013: University of Oxford, DPhil in social evolution and virulence in parasites with Stu West and Angus Buckling
  • Jun. 2011-May 2013: University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus), two years of my DPhil were completed here in the Biosciences Department
  • Oct. 2005-Oct. 2009: University of Sheffield, MBiolSci in Biological Sciences with Mike Boots

Awards

  • Feb.2013: Thomas Henry Huxley Award and Marsh Prize awarded by the Zoological Society of London for the best PhD thesis in the UK in the general area of Zoology
  • Oct. 2009: Thomas Woodcock Prize awarded by the University of Sheffield for the best final year research student across Biomedical Science, Plant Sciences and Zoology