Head of Lab

Eamonn MallonDr Eamonn Mallon

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology

+44 (0) 116 252 3488

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Lab members

zoe 133x100.jpgZoe Lonsdale

BBSRC PhD student

Project: Genomic imprinting in the bumblebee

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silhouettemale.gifPshtiwan Bebane

PhD student

Project: Bumblebees as a biosensor



hollie 133x100.jpgHollie Marshall

NERC PhD student

Project: Parent of origin methylation in a social insect



Dr. Mirko Pegoraro

NERC funded PDRA

Project: Bumblebee worker reproduction as an independent test of Haig's kinship theory for the evolution of genomic imprinting

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silhouettemale.gifAlun Jones

BBSRC PhD student

Project: Bumblebee epigenetics



Lisa Bedder

Departmental technician

Project: Bumblebee breeding



Dave BoothDave Booth

MIBTP placement student

Project: RNA-seq analysis of neonicotinoid exposure




Dr. Jacob Holland


Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)





Zoe Lonsdale

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BBSRC PhD student

Project: Epigenetic markers and gene expression patterns of genomic imprinting in the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris

Genomic imprinting is a phenomenon whereby the expression status of an allele is determined by from which parent it was inherited. Through my PhD studies I use whole genome sequencing data to search for patterns of imprinting in the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris.

I use a combination of RNA-sequencing and bisulphite sequencing to determine gene expression patterns and potential associated epigenetic mechanisms (i.e. DNA methylation, alternative splicing). This will lead to a better understanding of the genetics of eusocial insects and the evolutionary theory elucidating why imprinting first evolved.

Moreover, a good understanding of imprinting is important for crop breeding, developmental syndromes such as Prader-Willi and Angelman, and some human cancers.


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