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William J. Palmer

Research Interests

My current research seeks to understand the variation seen in the innate immune system of insects and assessing to what extent pathogens and the environment are responsible for shaping its evolution and diversity. I'm currently working with Illumina resequencing and exome-capture data from the disease-vector mosquito Aedes aegypti and the model butterfly Heliconius melpomene. I’m also performing comparative comparative genomic analyses using whole arthropod genomes, and have assisted with the annotation phase of five separate genome sequencing projects (Heliconius, Strigamia, Manduca, Parasteatoda, and Metaseiulus).

Education and Employment

2010 - Present     PhD candidate, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge

2009 - 2010        MSc Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants, University of Edinburgh / Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Summer 2009     IAESTE Internship, Department of Engineering, University of Guelph

2005 - 2009        BSc Biology (Hons), University of St Andrews


P. Juneja, J. Osei-Poku, Y. S. Ho, C. V. Ariani, W. J. Palmer, A. Pain, and F. M. Jiggins. (2014). ‘Assembly of the Genome of the Disease Vector Aedes Aegypti onto a Genetic Linkage Map Allows Mapping of Genes Affecting Disease Transmission’.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8 (1): e2652. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002652.

The Heliconius Genome Consortium and W.J. Palmer, F. M. Jiggins. (2012). ‘Butterfly Genome Reveals Promiscuous Exchange of Mimicry Adaptations among Species’. 
Nature 487 (7405): 94–98. doi:10.1038/nature11041.

N. Latysheva, V. L. Junker, W. J. Palmer, G. A. Codd, and D. Barker. (2012). 'The Evolution of Nitrogen Fixation in Cyanobacteria’. 
Bioinformatics 28 (5): 603–6. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/bts008.

J., Osei-Poku, C. M. Mbogo, W. J. Palmer, and F. M. Jiggins. (2012).‘Deep Sequencing Reveals Extensive Variation in the Gut Microbiota of Wild Mosquitoes from Kenya’. 
Molecular Ecology 21 (20): 5138–50. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05759.x.




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