I'm currently a 2020 research fellow in CoMPLEX (the Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology) at University College London. Prior to this, I was funded by a collaborative EPSRC sandpit grant as a postdoctoral researcher studying evolutionary models of nongenetic inheritance at the University of Cambridge and the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus. I obtained my PhD at the University of Groningen, where I used evolutionary models to understand the evolutionary interplay between mate choice behaviours and the evolution of the sexes.
My research uses mathematical models and computer simulations to investigate a range of evolutionary questions:
Mitonuclear interactions Within 2020 science, this relates to the evolutionary interplay between mitochondria (which are the cell's energy providers in plants and animals) and genes present in the cell nucleus. Questions such as why so many mitochondrial genes have migrated to the nucleus, or why mitochondria are involved in a number of diseases will be addressed in my research.
Nongenetic inheritance Ongoing work focuses on the ecological conditions that drive the evolution of inheritance systems that do not rely on DNA-basepair variations. Examples are maternal effects, epigenetic DNA modifications or culture. I currently investigate multivariate models of nongenetic inheritance, and how an individual's life history influences the scope for extended inheritance.
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