The main focus of my research is population genetics, the study of genetic variation within species. The field is fundamental to understanding the genetic basis of adaptive traits, by elucidating the evolutionary forces that have shaped present-day genomic functional patterns. Population genomics approaches represent a valuable opportunity to address the evolutionary causes of modern complex diseases, by prioritising mutations for targeted association studies and functional experiments. I have developed and applied computational methods to highlight signatures of natural selection in the genome and to infer population demographic histories, by analysing large-scale datasets of model and non-model species. I have also designed and implemented software to analyse high-throughput sequencing data for evolutionary genomics purposes.
et al., 2018, Recent Asian origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines, Science, Vol:360, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:621-+
et al., 2018, Genome-wide analyses of the Bemisia tabaci species complex reveal contrasting patterns of admixture and complex demographic histories, Plos One, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-6203
et al., 2018, Oral microbiomes from hunter-gatherers and traditional farmers reveal shifts in commensal balance and pathogen load linked to diet, Molecular Ecology, Vol:27, ISSN:0962-1083, Pages:182-195
et al., 2017, Archaic Adaptive Introgression in TBX15/WARS2, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vol:34, ISSN:0737-4038, Pages:509-524