Biological Sciences

Evolutionary biology, infection and immunology

This theme moves from genes to whole organisms to populations in scale, taking as its common approach the evolution of genetic traits, organisms and behaviours, and the interactions between organisms, communities and environment.

Breadth of evolutionary expertise

With one of the largest groupings of evolutionary biologists in the world, our research integrates quantitative and theoretical methods with field and laboratory studies of evolutionary genetics, genomics, animal behaviour, and evolutionary ecology.

The main research topics are:

  • molecular evolution and genomics
  • genetics of complex traits
  • life history and mating system evolution
  • host-parasite interactions and virulence evolution
  • behaviour and social evolution
  • speciation and biodiversity

Integrated approaches to infectious disease

Our research at the interface of immunology, infection, genetics and epidemiology aims to support the development of new interventions to control human and animal diseases.

The School encompasses an exceptional breadth of pathogen research, from viruses to helminth parasites, on a wide platform of scientific approaches from functional genomics to mathematical biology. Many of these areas have clear translational applications.

Collaborations between basic and clinical scientists (promoted through the Centre for Infectious Diseases), between empirical and mathematical scientists, and between immunological and evolutionary biologists are facilitated by the Wellcome Centre in Development in Immunity, Infection and Evolution.