I am a microbiologist who has studied evolution in bacteria, parasites, and viruses. My PhD at the University of Glasgow investigated African trypanosome antigenic variation: how pseudogenes are harnessed to generate vast combinatorial variability in a model diversity phenotype. My postdoctoral work in the lab of Mike Brockhurst at the universities of York and Sheffield has used experimental, genomics, and modelling approaches to understand the ecological and evolutionary factors that promote plasmid horizontal gene transfer in bacterial communities. I'm particularly interested in using experimental evolution — replicate populations cultured under different treatments — to unpick the drivers of microbial evolution in complex environments.
Exploring the impacts of selection, infectious transfer, and evolution on bacterial horizontal gene transfer.