Ants, Bees, Genomes & Evolution

@ Queen Mary University London

Enjoying the sun - May '19

Yannick Wurm

Strong interests in evolutionary genomics, social evolution, modern bioinformatics and genomics approaches, elegant software. [2-page Curriculum Vitae PDF]. Some invited talks, teaching material and publications. [Twitter]

Anurag Priyam

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]

Emeline Favreau

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

Carlos Martinez Ruiz

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]

Magdalena Ines Schacht

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

Marian Karl Priebe

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]

Raphaella Jackson

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

Federico López-Osorio

Postdoctoral researcher. Evolutionary genomics of social wasps and bumblebees.

Catherine Okuboyejo

MSc Bioinformatics student. Investigating unique features of newly sequenced genomes. BSc Biochemistry, University of Surrey.

Valentine Patterson

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

Margot Hamelin

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

Anindita Brahma

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

Iwo Pieniak

MSc Bioinformatics student. Working on implementation of new features to the SequenceServer. MSc Genomic Medicine, University of Southampton.

Richard Burns

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

Gabriel Hernandez-Gomez

Queen Mary University of London 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.


Joe Colgan

Postdoctoral researcher interested in examining how organisms respond to environmental stressors through the use of genomic, molecular and computational techniques. [Google Scholar] [Researchgate]. Now Postdoc @ Cork.

Fabio Manfredini

Postdoc with Elli Leadbeater.


Rodrigo Pracana

Queen Mary University of London funded doctoral student, studying the evolution of the fire ant's social chromosome system. Interested in genome evolution and population genetics. [Scholar] [LinkedIn] [ORCID] [Twitter]. Now Postdoc with Peter Holland at Oxford.

Kishor Dhaygude

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

Gino Brignoli

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.

Bruno Vieira

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

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. [Curriculum Vitae]. Now Bioinformatician Postdoc at William Harvey Research Institute

Isabel Fletcher

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

Esteban Alberto Gomez Cifuentes

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

Eckart Stolle

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 junior group leader at Halle.

Natalia Araujo

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.

Former project students

  • Hiten Chowdhary (Google Summer of Code 2016, 2017).
  • Abdoulie Kanteh (QMUL Masters Project 2017). Now Higher Scientific Officer at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM.
  • Julian Mazzitelli (Google Summer of Code 2016).
  • Ilya Levantis (QMUL Intern 2015-16). Now Lido BBSRC DTP PhD student.
  • Ismail Moghul (QMUL Masters Project 2016). Now Lido BBSRC DTP PhD student.
  • Diego Pereira (Universidade de São Paulo visiting undergraduate 2016).
  • Elie Gordon (QMUL Masters Project 2015).
  • Nazrath Nawaz (QMUL Undergraduate Project 2015). Now PhD student at QMUL (Bessant Lab)
  • Elena Shanti Franchina (QMUL Undergraduate Project 2015).
  • Filip Ter (Summer Intern 2015). EECS undergraduate intern. Now Data Scientist.
  • Gideon Pomeranz (QMUL Undergraduate Project 2014).
  • Monica Dragan (Google Summer of Code 2014).
  • Lawrence John Maynard. BSc student of Genetics at Queen Mary University of London. My interests include systems, programming, bioinformatics, longevity, and ecology.