Paul Sharp

Background

1982 Ph.D., Department of Genetics, University of Edinburgh

1982-1992 Lecturer in Genetics, Trinity College, University of Dublin

1985-1987 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Houston

1992-1993 Associate Professor of Genetics, Trinity College, University of Dublin

1992 Elected to membership, European Molecular Biology Organization 

1993-2007 Professor of Genetics, University of Nottingham

1993 Elected to membership, Royal Irish Academy 

2008 President, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution

2007-Present Professor of Genetics, University of Edinburgh  

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis

Research summary

Evolution of viruses, and evolution of bacteria. My research employs computer analyses of nucleotide and protein sequence data to address a range of evolutionary questions.

Viral evolution: what are the origins of human viruses, and what factors influence their genetic diversity? A particular focus has been the origins and evolution of AIDS viruses.

Bacterial evolution: what do bacterial genome sequences tell us about evolution? Two particular areas involve the evolution of synonymous codon usage bias, and the evolution of repetitive sequence families.

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