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Expanding phylogenetic reconstruction in bacteria

   Department of Veterinary Medicine

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  Prof J Parkhill  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Bacterial phylogenies are generally built using single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), as their behaviour is well-studied, and they usually produce robust phylogenetic trees. However, many other forms of genetic variation affect bacterial genomes, including small insertions/deletions, rearrangements, recombination, and gene acquisition/loss. Including these in phylogenetic reconstruction could improve the resolution of these trees, and provide clearer understanding of the contribution of these processes to bacterial evolution. The project will involve large-scale phylogenetic reconstruction and modelling of the rates of these changes in different bacterial lineages over time, in order to incorporate them into phylogenetic reconstruction methods.

How to apply: Contact the Supervisor ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss the project before submitting an official application. More details on the application process here: How to apply | Department of Veterinary Medicine (

Funding Notes

Funding for the student is not available for this project so the successful student will be required to source funds for fees and maintenance themselves. In order to be considered for the Cambridge University Funding competition please ensure you apply ahead of the funding deadline (6th January 2022).
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