Research overview

The overarching theme of my research is vertebrate genome evolution, particularly with respect to the effects of gene and genome duplication on genome composition and gene regulation.

Current research topics include:

Vertebrate Genome Evolution
Sharks, snakes, sandrats and gerbils

Snake venom evolution
Gene duplication, restrcition and recrutiment

Reptile pigmentation
Pigmentation patterning, stargazing



The Leverhulme Trust Project Grant £182,005 (“Mapping the gerbil genome”) 01/04/2016-31/03/2019)

The Leverhulme Trust Project Grant £101,951 (“Genetic basis of snake venom evolution.” 01/03/2014-28/02/2016 (Co-I with Dr. Wolfgang Wüster (PI))

2013-2016 European Commission Marie Curie Actions International Research Staff Exchange Scheme. “Bites”. £217,618 (led by Dr Anita Malhotra)

Systematics and Taxonomy (SynTax) grant scheme £19,553 (“Cryptic reptile diversity in a floristic biodiversity hotspot” 01/04/2012-31/03/2013) (with Dr. Wolfgang Wüster (PI), Dr. Krystal Tolley, Dr. John Measey)

Royal Society Research Grant £12,971 (“Gene duplication, gene regulation and the evolution and development of snake venom” 01/04/2011-31/03/2012)

Diabetes UK Small Grant £14,500 (“The Role of Pdx2 in pancreas development and function” 01/02/2011-31/01/2012)

The Fishmongers Company Research Grant £2,250 (“Resources for the study of shark populations around Bangor” 01/08/2010-31/07/2011)

Fisheries Society of the British Isles Small Research Grant £4,880 (“Basal actinopterygian phylogeny inferred using next generation sequencing technology” 01/03/2009 – 01/03/2010)