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Welcome to Angus Davison's lab website.

I am an Associate Professor and Reader in Evolutionary Genetics in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham. I run a research lab, teach undergraduates and supervise postgraduates. I am also the Careers Officer for the Biology group of degrees. This is my lab home page, otherwise see my University home pageLinkedIn page or @angus_davison.

In my lab, we use snails as a comparative model to understand evolutionary and developmental genetics. In one project, we are using snails to understand the left-right symmetry breaking event that takes place during early development, using both lab and field-based studies: just how is chirality determined at the molecular level? In another project, we are investigating the evolutionary origins of supergenes, using the charismatic snail Cepaea. Finally, as snails are one of the most speciose groups, we are using new technologies to understand how this biodiversity has come about, by investigating a model adaptive radiation of snails in subtropical Japan (Ogasawara). All of these projects are technology led: new DNA sequencing techniques are enabling us to do what was not possible only a few years ago.

"Nature is often complicated" is the opening line from Bryan Clarke's 1979 paper "The evolution of genetic diversity" (Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 205, 453-474).


Welcome to new PhD students

May 2017. Welcome to new BBSRC-funded PhD students, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Both have just started in the lab this month, after lab rotations earlier in the year. Their research interests are distinct and varied, but we hope to combine both lab and field based elements into both of their projects. Both on snails, of course.

BBSRC DTP-funded PhD positions December 12th deadline

I have two BBSRC funded positions in my lab, closing date 12th December. Note that applications MUST be submitted through the DTP by Monday 12th December 2016, but applicants should ideally contact me for more information. Both projects are open to students who qualify for UK Research Council funding. Applicants should have, or expect to get, a First Class or Upper Second degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Further experience, including a Masters degree, is likely to be advantageous.

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Jeremy loves a lefty

An update on our quest to use Citizen Science to find a mate for Jeremy, our ultra-rare left-coiling garden snail, with more to follow.

Our shellebrity snail has found love, not once but twice! He/she featured once again all over the news. Listen again to the full R4 Today Interview or see a selection of the newspaper and internet coverage. BBC News, BBC News, BBC NewsBBC R4 Today, BBC R4 TodayBBC R4 Pick of the Week, CBBC Newround, BBC TV East Evening News, BBC TV East Midland Evening News, TelegraphTelegraph, TelegraphMirror, Daily Mail, NPR, Metro, CBC, RTE Ireland, The Atlantic, Celebrity Yahoo, Techcrunch, RHS news. The story also featured in several 10 list of the last year. Readers Digest. Wired. There are lots more, which I may get around to posting at some point.

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Jeremy, the shellebrity snail

A brown garden snail called Jeremy may seems the unlikeliest of celebrities, yet his story recently caused a media sensation. In October, we appealed to the public for their help in match-making for Jeremy, who with a left-handed, anti-clockwise spiraling shell is a mirror image of other brown garden snails. We needed the offspring from Jeremy and another left-coiling or sinistral snail to be able to study the genetics of this rare condition, which may offer valuable insights into a common understanding of body asymmetry in other animals, including humans.

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