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- News 2015
- Appointment to NERC Peer Review College Pool of Chairs
- Prof Georgina Mace comments in Nature: Ecology must evolve
- RA Fisher Centre for Computational Biology UCL/LRI Meeting
- Collaboration with Bayer on Crop Genomics
- Lactase and Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
- Gene tweaking for conservation
- Senior Professorial Promotions
- IHA raises funds for Macmillan
- Boom & Bust in Ancient Farming Populations
- Farewell party for Mari-Wyn Burley
- Gargantuan gang of GEE PhDs graduated this week
- More on milk and human adaptation by Dallas Swallow’s group
- Judith Mank talks about sex evolution
- Senior Promotions
- Hazel Smith appointed Faculty Tutor
- Doug Speed named the best young biometrician of the year
- Linda Partridge talks about the genetics of ageing
- Nick Luscombe elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO)
- Viva success for Siobhan Cox
- Jonathan Freedland talks to Adam Rutherford, Barbara Sahakian, Steve Jones and Susan Aldworth about life, decision-making and our sense of self.
- Steve Jones updates the Bible from the point of view of modern science
- Obituary: Professor David Wilkie, born 6th August 1923, died 3rd March 2013
- Exaggerated claims from genetic ancestry testing companies undermine serious research into human genetic history
- Animal model of human evolution indicates thick hair mutation emerged 30,000 years ago
- Pascale Gerbault PhD Success
- Congratulations Liz Harley on the successful completion of her PhD
- Matt Piper on diet and ageing
- Orgin of life emerged from cell membrane bioenergetics
- More than 200 hundred genes identified for Crohn’s Disease by the Maniatis group at GEE
- Prof Max Telford awarded ERC Grant
- Congratulations to Prof Roger Wotton recipient of UCL Research Frontiers prize
- Prof Jürg Bähler publishes lead article on Fission Yeast in Cell journal
- Prof Steve Jones and Dr Nick Lane feature in BBC documentary on the secret life of the cell
- Prof Kate Jones's and the Bat Detective project launched plus interview on BBC World
- Exciting developments from the IHA's contribution at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
- IHA awarded major Wellcome Trust grant
- EMBO grant awarded to Prof Jurg Bahler
- Is DNA the future of large-scale digital storage?
- Launch of Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research
- Academic promotions: Congratulations to Prof David Gems
- Prof Linda Partridge in top 30 of most cited authors in ageing research
- GEE Appoints Chair of Biodiversity and Ecosystems
- Prof Steve Jones: The life scientific
- Nature article by Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares: DNA study bolsters disputed view of migration into North America
- GEE's Dr Nick Lane reflects on his experience as Provost's Venture Research Fellow
- GEE's Dr Nick Lane reflects on the chances of life in the universe
- GEE's Prof Mark Thomas discusses when it comes to culture, the more the merrier, and brain size in The Times' Eureka science supplement
- GEE's Prof Mark Thomas reports in Nature on pottery shards putting a date on Africa’s dairying
- GEE's Mark Thomas in conversation at the Cheltenham Literature Festival
- Butterfly genome reveals a promiscuous past: paper by Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra with Prof Jim Mallet published in Nature
- GEE's Dr Nick Lane wins BioMed Central Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Evolution Research Award
- Congratulations to Daniel Pearce for BBSRC grant award
- Helena Cocheme - Nature Protocols paper
- A matter of priorities: Bacteria evolved way to safeguard crucial genetic material, Prof Nick Luscombe publishes in Nature
- Prof Steve Jones is elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society
- GEE's Prof Mark Thomas co-authors genetic study on the origin of modern cows
- GEE's Dr Nick Lane and colleagues in SMB and Chemistry awarded Leverhulme Trust grant for Origins of Life research
- GEE/IHA's Dr Matthew Piper awarded grant from the Royal Society
- GEE's Mark Thomas, David Gems and Matt Piper speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival
- GEE's Tosin Taiwo's paper on Methylome analysis published in Nature
- GEE's Dr Nick Lane talks about free radicals and life in PI Newspaper
- GEE's Carl Smith successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on 'Sexual selection in yeast'
- Royal Society URFs in GEE
- UCL announces BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium
- Mitochondria and the great gender divide - GEE's Profs Andrew Pomiankowski, Rob Seymour and Dr Nick Lane and Zena Hadjivasiliou publish paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B
- GEE team led by Dr Nik Maniatis makes important progress on way to dissect the genetics of complex inheritance
- GEE launches MRes course in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation
- Paper by Roger Wotton and Terry Preston selected for book published by the University of California Press
- Indians share milk-digesting trait with Europeans: new Cambridge study published in collaboration with GEE's Profs Mark Thomas and Dallas Swallow
- Publication in Nature of controversial study led by GEE's Gems and Partridge labs
- GEE's Prof Max Telford recipient of prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
- Iberian Lynx not doomed by its genetics says GEE's Prof Mark Thomas co-author of study
- Congratulations go to former PhD student
- Prof Linda Partridge awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Bath
- Prof Linda Partridge awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Oxford University at Encaenia
- GEE Professor Emeritus comments on the genetic predisposition for cleft lips
- GEE Summer Studentship funding success
- Congratulations go to Prof Jürg Bähler
- GRANT SUCCESSES FOR GEE
- Inaugural lecture date for three GEE professors
- GEE has moved!
- GEE's Prof Steve Jones elected to membership of the American Philosophical Society
- 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Francis Galton
- GEE Research Away Day 2011
- GEE Post-graduate Symposium 2011
- Publicity for the Annals of Human Genetics
- New species from Lake Tanganyika
- Lecturecast available of BIOL1005
- Award of Bogue Fellowship
- More grant successes for GEE!
- GEE/IHA's Prof Linda Partridge receives an honorary degree from the University of Oxford
- The Grant Museum celebrates its re-opening and fantastic new location
- Professors Steve Jones & Mark Thomas feature in BBC 'Horizon' programme: 'Are we still evolving?'
- GEE's Dr Nick Lane as Principal Organizer with others awarded Royal Society support to hold two-day meeting & a satellite meeting
- Nick Lane selected 2011 Brockington Visitor to Queen's University, Kingston, Canada
- GEE PhD student publishes an exciting first author paper in JAMA
- Congratulations to Prof Ziheng Yang
- 'Evolution: a can of worms'
- BBSRC award goes to GEE's Prof Jürg Bähler and Dr Matt Piper
- 'Genetic link to high cholesterol is being missed'
- Darwin 'would struggle to get funding today' debates GEE's Anjali Goswami
- GEE Lunch-time seminars (for UCL Staff and Students only)
- Darwin's Birthday Party 2011 at the Natural History Museum!
- Prof Steve Jones elected President of the Association of Science Education
- Prof Steve Jones elected President of the Association of Science Education
- We are Green Champions!
- ‘Genes of an 18th century ‘giant’ could change the lives of 21st century patients’
- Professor Andrew Pomiankowski honoured as AAAS Fellow
- And warmest congratulations go to...
- Dr Anjali Goswami lead author in Royal Society Proceedings B
- Dr Lazaros Foukas, GEE/IHA, recipient of Wellcome Trust University Award
- Professor Jürg Bähler elected as a member of EMBO
- Dr Julia Day awarded a grant by the National Geographic Society / Waitt Grants program.
- Dr Lisa De Silva successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on the 'Biogeography and molecular evolution of Oleria (Ithomiinae) butterflies.
- Dr Nick Lane co-author of Nature article on 'The energetics of genome complexity'
- Professor Andrew Pomiankowski co-recipient of EPSRC Cross-Disciplinary Landscape Award (UCL and Oxford)
- Professor Ziheng Yang FRS appointed R A Fisher Chair of Statistical Genetics
- Two senior promotions announced in GEE
- City living helped humans evolve immunity to TB
- Mother’s care is key to a big brain
- New publication by Anjali Goswami et al
- Wellcome profiling Linda Partridge's and team's research into Alzheimer's Disease
- Provost's Teaching Awards 2010
- Latest grant success for GEE
- Andrew Pomiankowski has been recently elected as a Fellow of Linnean Society of London
- Linda Partridge receives 2010 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging
- GEE Headship celebration
- 2 GEE authors on long list for Royal Society Prize for Science Books
- Neuron video abstract
- Grant successes for Dr Paola Oliveri
- Dr Julia Day gives an insight into her work
- New CEE website launched
- LeCHE MEETING
- Prof Steve Humphries elected to Academy of Medical Sciences
- A Crucial Difference: Celebrating Diversity in Nature
- Linda Partridge elected as a Foreign Honorary Member, AAAS
- Steve Jones addresses Royal Institution
- Dr Ivana Bjedov awarded an ERC Starting Grant for her cancer research
- Election of Prof Bill Richardson to the Royal Society
Gee Research Blog
Competitive Generosity Drives Charitable Donations
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:09:46 +0000
Unconditional generosity is a characteristic of humans on which we pride ourselves, and billions of dollars is donated to hundreds of thousands of charitable organisations every year. But look at it from an evolutionary perspective, and this trait seems difficult to explain. In some situations, giving may have evolved to advertise positive characteristics of the […]
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Annoucing the Winners of the Write About Research Competition
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:49:07 +0000
Thanks to everyone who entered our Write About Research competition. We received some great entries from GEE students and postdocs, covering a broad range of topics from conservation to genetics. The entries will be posted here over the coming months, so watch this space! The Winners are… Drum roll please … WINNER: David Curnick – […]
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Male Promiscuity Boosts Role of Chance in Sex Chromosome Evolution
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:02:31 +0000
Humans, like all mammals and birds, determine sex with chromosomes. Whether a fertilised egg develops into a male or female depends on what chromosomes it carries Scientists have long recognised that genes evolve a little differently on the sex chromosomes, and recent research in GEE suggests this may be due to differing patterns of inheritance […]
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Sloths Move Slow, Evolve Fast
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:20:41 +0000
Sloths might be notorious for their leisurely pace of life, but research published last year shows they are no slow coaches when it comes to evolution. Sloths, as we know and love them, are small, slow-moving creatures found in the trees of tropical rainforests. But modern sloths are pretty odd compared to their extinct relatives. […]Read more...
Write About Research – A GEE Research Blog Competition
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:28:43 +0000
The GEE Research blog communicates UCL science with a wider, non-specialist audience, by providing short summaries of recent research in the department of UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment. This provides an opportunity to engage with a broad audience, including other academics, students, members of the public, and even businesses and policy-makers. It is a great […]
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Inaugural lecture date for three GEE professors
4 April 2011
We are pleased to announce that our three colleagues: Jürg Bähler (Professor of Cellular Systems Biology), Max Telford (Professor of Zoology) and Kevin Fowler (Professor of Evolutionary Biology) gave their Inaugural Lectures on Wednesday 8 June 2011 starting at 5pm, in the Darwin Lecture Theatre, followed by a Celebratory Reception in the Wilkins JBR, Wilkins Building.
Prof Jürg Bähler's lecture was entitled: 'Messing about with yeast'.
Prof Max Telford's lecture was entitled: 'The Diet of Worms and other stories from the evolution of the animals'.
Prof Kevin Fowler's lecture was entitled: 'Sex, stalks and flies'.
Abstracts and photos taken at the event are below.
'Messing about with yeast'
Prof Jürg Bähler
This may sound sad, but I have worked with fission yeast throughout my scientific career, first on chromosome pairing as a student in Switzerland, then on cell shape as a postdoc in America and in England, where I got stuck. After becoming independent in 2000, I embraced genomics and started to analyse gene expression at a global level (but yet again, with fission yeast). We are now continuing our global research on the regulation, function and evolution of genomes at London’s Global University.
'The Diet of Worms and other stories from the evolution of the animals'
Prof Max Telford
My research attempts to further our understanding of the evolution of the great diversity of animals - from lowly sponges and jelly fish to the many phlya of worms, insects, molluscs and vertebrates.
Underlying all studies of animal evolution is a tree describing the evolutionary relationships between the different groups and much of my research has involved refining the evolutionary tree of the animals.
My doctoral work was on a phylum of worms called the arrow worms which share features of embryology with a major division of the animals called the deuterostomes. The evolution of the deuterostomes has a special interest for humans as we vertebrates, along with starfish, sea urchins and acorn worms, are part of this group.
My doctoral work showed the arrow worms are not deuterostomes with the implication that the characters they share are either more ancient than either group or have evolved more than once.
More recently, my group has shown another very undeuterostome-like group of flatworms - Xenoturbella - ARE deuterostomes. This surprising result tells us that these simple worms are our close relatives and that they must have lost much of the complexity of our common ancestor.
Our plan now is to try to understand how Xenoturbella and its kin have lost these advanced features by looking at its complete genomic DNA sequence.
'Sex, stalks and flies'
Prof Kevin Fowler
Throughout my research career, my twin obsessions have been evolutionary biology and insects. My doctoral and postdoctoral studies used fruitflies to focus on diverse topics including the evolution of body size, costs of reproduction and the consequences of population bottlenecks. Since coming to UCL in 1994, I have become increasingly devoted to studying the evolution of ornamental traits, using stalk-eyed flies. These charismatic creatures, in which the eyes and antennae are borne at the end of lateral head projections (eyestalks), have proven to be excellent model organisms for the study of multiple aspects of sexual selection. I will review key findings from a dual perspective on the attributes of the ornamental trait (male eyespan) and on female mate preference for males of exaggerated eyespan.
Photos taken by Jane Dempster, Executive Officer to Head of Department, GEE
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