Alexander Group

About Us

We study microbial population dynamics and evolution, using mathematical modelling and experiments.

We are based in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution. We are also affiliated with the Centre for Engineering Biology, the Centre for Adapting to Changing Environments, and the Edinburgh Infectious Diseases network.

Our research is funded by the Royal Society, the Wellcome Trust - University of Edinburgh Institutional Strategic Support Fund, and individual PhD scholarships.


  • Welcome back to Katie Hardwick, who is re-joining the lab as a research technician this summer
  • New paper led by Lucy out now in PLoS Computational Biology!
  • Congratulations to Amy and Ellie for completing their Honours projects!
  • Applications for funded PhD positions starting Oct. 2024 are now closed. If you're interested in joining us next year, read more about opportunities here.
  • Older news
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