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Personal profile

Academic Background

  • 2015-present: Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, UEA, UK
  • 2011-2015: Reader of Evolutionary Genetics, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK
  • 2007-2011: Lecturer, University of Hull, UK
  • 2003-2007: Senior Fellow, University of Hull, UK
  • 2001-2003: NERC Fellow, University of Hull, UK
  • 1998-2001: Post-doc, University of Hull, UK
  • 1992-2000: PhD Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • 1986-1991: BSc and MSc (Hons) Leiden University, the Netherlands  

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Biography

Cock van Oosterhout did his PhD on captive metapopulations of the butterfly Bicyclus anynana at Leiden University in the Netherlands under the supervision of Paul Brakefield.  He moved to the UK in 1998 where he worked on guppies (Poecilia reticulata) at the University of Hull.  He received an NERC Fellowship testing conservation genetic breeding protocols, reintroduction and genetic supplementation programs using guppies as an empirical model and did this research in Hull and Trinidad.  He developed software applications, including Micro-Checker for population genetic analysis of microsatellites, as well as models of host-parasite coevolution and population genetic simulations, and more recently, he designed software for whole genome analysis of recombination (Hybrid-Check). He works on a wide range of species, including guppies, cichlids, plant parasites (aphids and oomycetes), diatoms and the pink pigeon, and he is particularly interested in the evolution of immune and resistance genes, and effector genes. He is currently a Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of East Anglia and acts as Deputy Director of the Earth and Life Systems Alliance (ELSA), collaborating with researchers across Norwich Research Park (NRP).

Key Research Interests and Expertise

  1. Evolution and population genetics of birds, fish, insects, plants, fungi and oomycetes. 
  2. The effects of recombination, hybridisation and introgression in evolutionary genetics and genomics.
  3. Population genetics and evolution of the vertebrate immune genes, the MHC
  4. Design of population genetic software for the analysis of microsatellite loci: Micro-Checker (www.microchecker.hull.ac.uk/)
  5. Design of genome analysis software for the detection of recombination: Hybrid-Check (www.norwichresearchpark.com/HybRIDS)
  6. Host-parasite coevolution and the design of individual based models to investigate parasite transmission biology: Gyro-Scope (www.hull.ac.uk/gyro-scope/)

 

Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

  • Deputy Director of the Earth and Life Systems Alliance (ELSA) 
  • Co-Director of the International Masters in Applied Ecology (IMAE)

Teaching Interests

I am particularlly interested in supervising UG, MSc and PhD students who have an affinity for computational modelling, scripting and/or bioinformatics, and who would like to use and improve their skills to address questions in evolutionary genetic and population genetic research.

I am the module organiser or the MSc module "ENV-MA72: Ecological Modelling and Statistics" in which students acquire basic programming skills (in R) and get training in general and generalised linear statistical modelling and community analysis.

I teach in the 3rd year / MSc module "BIO-6008B: Evolutionary Biology and Conservation Genetics" in which we address the biological applications of molecular genetic markers from the perspective of conservation biology, population biology, organismal phylogeny, molecular ecology and genomics.

In collaboration with Joanne Cable of Cardiff University I also supervise every year a small number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in Marine Biology in Tobago.

Network

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