What we do

We study molecular evolution, population genomics and quantitative genetics in microbes. Our focus is to understand the interaction between evolutionary processes, demographic change and molecular biology, including host-parasite interactions.

We are based in the Biology Department the University of York, which ranked 6th in the UK in by the Guardian University Guide for 2019. We are part of York Biomedical Research Institute (YBRI).

Our main focus is Leishmania genomics. We are part of the UK:Brazil Joint Centre Partnership in leishmaniasis. #JCPiLeish, and we work with the PREV_PDKL multidimensional phenotypic analysis of  visceral Leishmaniasis in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.

Research projects (read more here).
» Leishmania population genomics
» Extremophile red alga Galdieria sulphuraria (with Seth Davis)
» Plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum (with Ville Friman)

Teaching material is here.
Daniel Jeffares is the LGBTQ+ staff rep for the Biology Equality and Diversity Group (BioEDG). Get in touch with me via email (daniel.jeffares@york.ac.uk) if you have any comments/concerns that relate to LGBTQ+ communities, ethics or inclusion.

Funders:
Wellcome
Global Challenges Research Fund
The UK Medical Research Council
NERC Environmental Omics Facility

This group actively seeks to remove all forms of discrimination or oppression based on race, gender or sexual orientation.