Dr Tom Williams

PhD(Dub.), BA(Dub.)

  • BS8 1TQ

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Research interests

I study the early evolution of life using bioinformatics, phylogenetics and comparative genomics. The key questions relate to the nature of early life, the phylogeny of prokaryotes, the processes of microbial/genome evolution, the evolution of metabolism and the origin of eukaryotic cells.

Current group members include:

  • Dr. Sandra Alvarez-Carretero (with Phil Donoghue and Davide Pisani): microbial phylogeny.
  • Dr. Alex Bowles (with Chris Williamson and Phil Donoghue): algal genome evolution and phylogeny.
  • Dr. James Clark (with Alistair Hetherington, Bristol): plant phylogeny.
  • Dr. Christopher Kay (with Phil Donoghue): eukaryote origins.
  • Dr. Edmund Moody: early evolution and the tree of life.
  • Dr. Anna Nenarokova (with Phil Donoghue and Davide Pisani): eukaryote origins. 
  • Dr. Sam Williams: evolution of polyketide biosynthesis.
  • Amy Russell: evolution of CPR Bacteria.
  • Ollie Jarvis: eukaryote origins.

Get in touch if you are interested in joining, particularly if you want to work on "deep time" phylogenetics of prokaryotes or microbial eukaryotes.

You can find more information at Google Scholar, on Twitter (@tweethinking), or on Github (Tancata).



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