Ants, Bees, Genomes & Evolution @ Queen Mary University London

Team of social insect & genomics researchers

Team of social insect and genomics researchers

Alicja Witwicka

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London NERC DTP PhD student investigating effects of pesticides on gene expression in solitary bees. [Twitter]

Benjamin Tapon

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I’m Ben, a first year student at the LIDo DTP, currently doing my first 4-month rotation in the Wurm lab and working on the genetics behind fire ant sociality.

Courtney May

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Technician researching gene expression in bees.

Federico López-Osorio

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions postdoctoral fellow, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (MSCA grant agreement No. 840185). Evolutionary genomics of social hymenopterans.

Gabriel Hernandez-Gomez

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PhD student co-funded by Colfuturo. I am interested in answering evolutionary questions through the understanding of genomes. I studied chordates immune system in the past and now I am happy to explore the fire ants and their supergene.

Marian Karl Priebe

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LIDO BBSRC funded PhD student. I am studying how to infer gene function for emerging model organisms. MSc Bioinformatics, QMUL; BA Natural Science, University of Cambridge. [Twitter]

Phoebe Cunningham

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PhD student looking at bacterial symbioses in various ant species, and how they are genetically controlled.

Yannick Wurm

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PI. Interested in evolutionary genomics, social evolution; strong bioinformatics track record. [2-page Curriculum Vitae PDF]. Some invited talks, teaching material and publications. [Twitter] [Mastodon]

Yeahji Jeong

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Research lab technician. Working on how pesticides affect pollinator health via transcriptomes.


Carlo Kroll

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MSc Bioinformatics student at QMUL. Currently working on implementation of new features to the SequenceServer. [LinkedIn]. Now Software Developer in Computational Bioinformatics at the William Harvey Research Institute.

Diego Pava-Mejia

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MSc Bioinformatics student working on the implementation of new features to the SequenceServer (BLAST server). [LinkedIn]

Kenneth Chow

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MSc Bioinformatics student working on unsupervised classification of bee behaviour [LinkedIn]

Hannah Chaudhry-Phipps

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London NERC DTP Undergraduate Researcher. Helping with laboratory work on pollinator health.

Joe Colgan

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Postdoctoral researcher interested in examining how organisms respond to environmental stressors through the use of genomic, molecular and computational techniques. [Google Scholar] [Researchgate]. Now - Junior Group leader/Assistant professor in Mainz, Germany.

Fabio Manfredini

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Occasional visitor to the lab. Now group leader in Aberdeen.

Rodrigo Pracana

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Postdoctoral researcher studying evolutionary genomics of ants, bees and more. [Scholar] [LinkedIn] [ORCID] [Twitter].

Raphaella Jackson

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QMUL funded PhD student. Investigating the genomic basis of host-symbiont dependency in ants in collaboration with Dr. Lee Henry. BSc in Genetics (University of Georgia), BA in French (University of Georgia), MSc in Bioinformatics (Queen Mary University of London).

Raphael Leon

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BBSRC Lido project student.

Anindita Brahma

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow. Interested in the evolution of social behaviour in ants and social wasps. [Twitter] [Google scholar]

Anurag Priyam

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PhD student. Interested in genome evolution, gene expression, and user-centric research software development. Lead developer of SequenceServer (BLAST server), oswitch (virtual environments for reproducible analyses), Afra (crowd-sourced curation of gene models). [Twitter] [Personal page]

Magdalena Ines Schacht

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QMUL funded PhD stundent. I am studying the evolution and development of sensory organs in arthropods in collaboration with Dr. Angelika Stollewerk. MSc Developmental, Neural and Behavioural Biology Georg-August-University of Göttingen; BSc Biology Georg-August-University of Göttingen.

Siv Lund Leknes

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MSc Bioinformatics student at QMUL. Currently investigating the transcriptomics of ant queen spermatheca. BSc in Molecular Medicine from Aarhus University, Denmark. Now Development Scientist at Novo Nordisk.

Iwo Pieniak

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MSc Bioinformatics student. Working on implementation of new features to the SequenceServer. MSc Genomic Medicine, University of Southampton. Now Bioinformatics Software QA Engineer at Achilles Therapeutics.

Kishor Dhaygude

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Helsinki team ANTZZ-based occasional visitor to the lab. Now Bioinformatician (Clinical Research Data Analyst) - University of Helsinki.

Gino Brignoli

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Postgraduate research assistant studying the evolution of social structures in the Yellow Meadow Ant. Interests include eco-evolutionary dynamics, conservation science and taxonomy. MSc Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, QMUL; BSc Biodiversity & Conservation, Birkbeck. [Twitter] [LinkedIn]. Now PhD student on NERC DTP.

Abdoulie Kanteh

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QMUL Masters Project 2017. Now Higher Scientific Officer at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM.

Bruno Vieira

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Queen Mary University of London funded doctoral student. Interested in Bioinformatics, Genomics and Web Development. Founder of [Website] [GitHub] [Twitter] [Blog] [Personal Page]. Now data scientist at Resurgo genetics.

Leandro Rodrigues Santiago

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MSc Genetics, Universidade de São Paulo (2013), Brazil. PhD student at QMUL, funded by Science Without Borders, CNPq, Brazil. Research interests: population genetics, molecular biology, epigenetics and bioinformatics. Now Bioinformatician Postdoc at William Harvey Research Institute.

Ismail Moghul

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Bioinformatics Masters Student. Now Lido BBSRC DTP PhD student. Interested in Bioinformatics, Genetics underlying Biomedical Diseases and Neurobiology. [GitHub]

Isabel Fletcher

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LIDO BBSRC-funded rotation PhD student (placement). Now PhD student at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medecine.

Esteban Alberto Gomez Cifuentes

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MSc Bioinformatics student from QMUL. I am studying the balancing selection in insects and the use of different methodologies to identify it. Now Bioinformatician at the Lipid Mediator Unit of the William Harvey Research Institute

Emeline Favreau

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NERC-funded doctoral student from London DTP. Insect evolution, social adaptation, bioinformatics. [Twitter] [Website]

Carlos Martinez Ruiz

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BSc University of Valencia, Spain; MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology QMUL. Current PhD student funded by the London NERC DTP. Using the genetic structure underlying social polymorphism in ants as an independent test of our understanding on sexual chromosome evolution. [DTP profile] [Twitter]

Eckart Stolle

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Postdoc (Marie Curie IEF) interested in the mechanisms underlying evolution of genomes, chromosomes and genes in relation to behavior, castes and sociality. [Google Scholar] [ORCID] [Personal page]. Now - head of Comparative Insect Genomics at Museum König Bonn.

Natalia Araujo

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PhD student visitor from Cristina Arias' lab at University of Sao Paolo. Now staff scientist at Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Unit, Universit&eactue; Libre de Bruxelles.

Catherine Okuboyejo

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MSc Bioinformatics student. Investigating unique features of newly sequenced genomes. BSc Biochemistry, University of Surrey. Now Senior Consultant Data Engineer at NextWave Consulting.

Valentine Patterson

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Msc Ecology and Evolutionary Genomics student at QMUL, studying the molecular diagnostics of pollinator health. Now PhD student in Mainz.

Richard Burns

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MSc Bioinformatics student. BSc Biology graduate from University of Northampton. Working on individual-based forward genetic evolutionary simulations in haplodiploids. Now PhD student at Kings College.

Margot Hamelin

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Engineering student in Biosciences and Biotechnologies at INSA de Lyon, France. Studying genotyping methods.

Former project students