Group members:

Laura Ross (Head of the group)













Andrés G. de la Filia (PhD student starting September 2014)

I will start my Darwin Trust funded PhD in autumn 2014 with Dr. Laura Ross, studying the genetic mechanisms and evolutionary origins and dynamics of paternal genome elimination in scale insects. I received my B.Sc. in Biology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and then enrolled in the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology, from which I will graduate in August 2014. In the last couple of years I have been moving between the universities of Uppsala (Sweden), Montpellier II (France) and LMU-München (Germany), meaning that I will be more than happy to settle down in Edinburgh for a while. As a scientist, my main interests lie in genetics and evolution, most notably intragenomic conflicts and sexual reproduction. Outside the lab, I am a compulsive reader and an amateur theater actor and I always enjoy watching a good football match or drinking some nice beers around a table.






Stevie Bain (PhD student starting September 2014)














Andy Gardner (University of St. Andrews)

Benjamin Normark (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Stuart West (University of Oxford)

Nate Hardy (Auburn University)

Heath Blackmon (University of Texas, Arlington)

Doris Bachtrog (UC Berkeley)

Lyn Cook (University of Queensland)