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I have an MRC studentship working on adaptive genome evolution in Rickettsia bacteria.

Gemma Murray


Murray GGR, Weinert LA, Rhule EL, Welch JJ (2016). The Phylogeny of Rickettsia Using Different Evolutionary Signatures: How Tree-Like is Bacterial Evolution? Syst Biol 65: 265-279. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv084.

Murray GGR, Wang F, Harrison EM, Paterson GK, Mather AE, Harris SR, Holmes MA, Rambaut A, Welch JJ (2016). The effect of genetic structure on molecular dating and tests for temporal signal. Methods Ecol Evol 7: 80-89.

Longdon B, Murray GGR, Palmer WJ, Day JP, Parker DJ, Welch JJ, Obbard DJ, Jiggins FM (2015). The evolution, diversity and host associations of rhabdoviruses. Virus evolution 1: vev014.

Paterson GK*, Harrison EM*, Murray GGR, Welch JJ, Warland JH, Holden MTG, Morgan FJE, Ba X, Koop G, Harris SR, Maskell DJ, Peacock SJ, Herrtage ME, Parkhill J, Holmes MA (2015) Capturing the cloud of diversity reveals complexity and heterogeneity of MRSA carriage, infection and transmission. Nature Comms 6: 6560. doi:10.1038/ncomms7560.

Murray GGR, Kosakovsky Pond SL & Obbard DJ  (2013). Suppressors of RNAi from plant viruses are subject to episodic positive selection. Proc R Soc B 280: 20130965.

Murray GGR, Woolhouse ME, Tapio M, Mbole-Kariuki MN, Sonstegard TS, Thumbi SM, Jennings AE, van Wyk IC, Chase-Topping M, Kiara H, Toye P, Coetzer K, deC Bronsvoort BM & Hanotte O (2013). Genetic susceptibility to infectious disease in East African Shorthorn Zebu: a genome-wide analysis of the effect of heterozygosity and exotic introgression. BMC Evol Biol 13: 246  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-246.


2012-present:    PhD: Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge

2010-2012:        MSc (Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis). University of Edinburgh

2009-2010:        MPhil (Philosophy). University of Cambridge

2007-2008:        MA (Philosophy). University of Western Ontario, Canada