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Gee Research Blog

Dating Mammalian Evolution

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:14:37 +0000

When the age of the dinosaurs ended around 65 million years ago, mammals stepped in to fill the gap, and the age of the placentals began. However, whether early placental mammals were already present on Earth before the demise of the dinosaurs has been the subject of a long standing debate. Recent research in GEE [...]

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The Delicate Balance of Effect and Response

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:50:36 +0000

We may not always be aware of it, but many wild plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria, provide crucial services to us which keep the ecosystems of Earth functioning. Environmental changes caused by human activities are now threatening many species, and those that cannot withstand these changes may be lost forever, potentially taking the services [...]

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It’s All in the Wrist

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:18:20 +0000

The evolution of the primate wrist has been dramatic, enabling primates to adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles and walking styles, including tree-swinging, climbing and terrestrial walking both on four legs and two. In hominids, the evolution of the bipedal gait freed up the forelimbs for tool use, and the wrist evolved independently from [...]

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The Transcriptional Profile of A ‘Wingman’

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:48 +0000

In many species, males have special adaptations to attract females. From antlers to stalk-eyes, to bright plumage and beards, males across the animal kingdom work hard to look attractive to the opposite sex. In some species, looking good isn’t enough, though. Male wild turkeys need a less attractive ‘wingman’ to help him attract a woman. [...]

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Damage and Fidelity: The Role of the Female Germline in mtDNA Inheritance

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +0000

Billions of years ago, one single-celled organism engulfed another, beginning a symbiotic interaction that would change live on Earth forever. The mitochondria are what remains of this symbiotic event, and are responsible for producing energy in all eukaryotic cells. Derived from a free-living organism, they carry their own genes, but these genes are at risk [...]

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PhD Research


UCL’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) has a diverse community of post-doctoral students undertaking research across many biologically related disciplines led by internationally recognised researchers. To find out more about the research currently being undertaken by our students, please look at our current research student’s site.

We have excellent links with London research institutions such as The Natural History Museum, The Institute of Zoology, as well as being part of many UCL led centres such as the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental ResearchCoMPLEX, Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA), UCL Genetics Institute (UGI). Research scientists from across the globe visit GEE to collaborate with local members, and to give talks at our exciting and vibrant seminar series in GEE and for the Centre for Ecology and Environment, providing an excellent networking forum.

Undertaking a PhD in GEE will not only provide training and expert knowledge in a specialized field of research. We also recognize the importance of obtaining a broader skill set, to not only facilitate your studies, but to provide transferable skills for future employment. As such, UCL offers numerous courses designed to cater for improving communication skills, statistical and computational training, and active career guidance for example. Our PG students also run their own journal club, providing a relaxed forum to present and exchange ideas, and you will also have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate teaching (via small tutorials groups and/or demonstrating in practicals).

We welcome applications from candidates working towards, or holding Bachelor and/or Masters degrees in Biological Sciences (Botany, Zoology), Genetics, Human Genetics, Mathematics, who expect to gain a first class, or upper second class degree.

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