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Evolution, Development, and Molecular Biology Research

We conduct research to gain a comprehensive understanding of biodiversity and how organisms develop, evolve and interact with each other and the environment.

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Our Research

In a world undergoing major environmental and ecological change, it is vital to understand processes underpinning biological organisation across time and space.

To address a range of pure and applied research threads at micro- and macro-scales, we are unified in using state-of-the-art molecular methods to study a broad range of areas, from the individual to community level and across multiple biomes.

The focus of our research includes:

  • rapid adaptation
  • high-throughput biodiversity ecological assessment
  • chronobiology
  • environmental microbiology
  • microbiomes and virology
  • life history strategies
  • evolutionary and developmental biology
  • phylogenetic reconstruction
  • parasite-host/trophic dynamics
  • speciation and population genetics.
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Students working in a laboratory at Bangor University

Excellent facilities and cutting-edge research techniques

Researchers have shared access to recently refurbished laboratory and research spaces including:

  • ancient/eDNA clean rooms
  • liquid handlers
  • a confocal microscopy suite
  • controlled-temperature rooms
  • glasshouses and Henfaes Farm
  • marine and freshwater aquaria
  • small mammal housing
  • insect and venomous and non-venomous reptile rooms.

Supported access to the Supercomputing Wales high-throughput distributed computer network facilitates the necessary data analyses for downstream biological synthesis.

The techniques we use in our research includes:

  • comparative genomics
  • metagenomics
  • transcriptomics
  • metatranscriptomics
  • proteomics and metabolomics
  •  the analysis of contemporary and ancient DNA (e/aDNA) 
  • genetic manipulation of plant and animal models, including marker-assisted breeding to address global food security.

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Featured projects

Find out about current evolution, development and molecular biology projects by reading our project pages:

Evolution, development and molecular biology projects

Our projects have global reach, using the diverse expertise of Bangor staff, research students, and collaborators.

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