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Dr Jenny Bangham

Research Interests

In nature, there is a great deal of genetic variation for susceptibility to pathogens, and this has implications for medicine, agriculture, and evolution. Finding the genes responsible will tell us what mechanisms underlie this variation and why this genetic variation is maintained.

Jenny works on this using a particularly tractable model system - Drosophila melanogaster and the sigma virus. She has found genetic variation in sigma resistance and is carrying out quantitative trait loci (QTL) analysis and association mapping to identify the genomic regions that underlie this, with the aim of eventually finding the genes responsible.


2005-September 2008: Postdoctoral researcher. Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh.

2004-2005: Assistant Editor, Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer (Nature Publishing Group, London)

2003-2004: Deputy Reviews Editor, Development (Company of Biologists, Cambridge).

1999-2003: PhD, University College London Evolutionary biology

1998: Research Assistant. University of Rochester, USA.

1996-1999: BA Cambridge University

Academic publications

Bangham J, Kim KW, Webster C, Jiggins FM, 2008 Genetic variation affecting host-parasite interactions: different genes affect different aspects of sigma virus replication and transmission in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics. In Press.

Bangham J, Obbard DJ, Kim KW, Haddrill PR, Jiggins FM, 2007 The age and evolution of an antiviral resistance mutation in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 274: 2027-2034 [PDF]

Bangham, J., Jiggins, F., Lemaitre, B. Insect immunity: the post-genomic era. Immunity (2006).

Carpenter, J and Bangham, J. Population Genetics Group 2005 Meeting report. Genetics Society Magazine July (2006)

Chapman, T., G. Arnqvist, J. Bangham and L. Rowe. Sexual Conflict: Review. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18, 41-47 (2003).

Chapman, T., J. Bangham (joint first-authors), G. Vinti, B. Seifried, O. Lung, M. F. Wolfner, H. Smith, L. Partridge. The sex peptide of Drosophila melanogaster: investigation of post-mating responses of females using RNA interference. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 100, 9923-9928 (2003).

Bangham, J., T. Chapman, L. Partridge and H.K. Smith. Influence of female reproductive anatomy on the outcome of sperm competition in Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences 270, 523-530 (2003).

Bangham, J., T. Chapman and L. Partridge. The effect of body size, accessory gland and testis size on pre- and post-copulatory success in Drosophila melanogaster. Animal Behaviour 64, 915-921 (2002).

Science journalism

News features for the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Annual Report (2007).

In This Issue articles for Journal of Cell Biology (2007)

Carpenter, J and Bangham, J. Population Genetics Group 2005 Meeting report. Genetics Society Magazine July (2006).

In This Issue articles for Development (2004-2006)

Highlights articles for Nature Reviews Genetics (2004-2006)

Highlights articles for Nature Reviews Cancer (2004-2006)

Bangham, J. Genetics: Hype and Reality. Genetics Society Magazine (2003).

Bangham, J. Exotic Labs. Mouth to Mouth. London (2001).

Bangham, J. and J. Hunt. 2002. Sexual Conflict and Life Histories. Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Newsletter (2002).

Bangham, J. and S. Baumberg. 2001. Use and Abuse of Genetics. Genetics Society Magazine (2001).