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Joel Alves

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around population genetics and evolutionary biology in general. I am currently investigating the genetic aspects of host-parasite interactions using as a model the European rabbit and the myxoma virus, an emblematic example of coevolution where less pathogenic strains and resistant hosts have emerged. With this, I am interested in understanding what genomic changes occurred in the rabbit as the result of this evolutionary arms race. This project is a joint collaboration with CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (University of Porto, Portugal).

Education and Employment

2016 - Present: Post-Doctoral Researcher. Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge & CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto

2011 - 2015: PhD in Genetics. Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge

2008 - 2010: MSc in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. University of Porto

2005 - 2008: BSc in Biology. University of Porto


Crawford J, Alves JM, Palmer WJ, Day JP, Sylla M, Ramasamy R, Surendran SN, Black WC IV, Pain A, Jiggins FM: Population genomics reveals that an anthropophilic population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Africa recently gave rise to American and Asian populations of this major disease vector. BMC Biology 2017 15:16 (DOI: 10.1186/s12915-017-0351-0)

Alves JM, Carneiro M, Afonso S, Lopes S, Garreau H, Boucher S, Allain D, Queney G, Esteves PJ, Bolet G, Ferrand N: Levels and patterns of genetic diversity and population structure in domestic rabbits. PLoS ONE 2015, 10:e0144687 (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144687)

Carneiro M, Piorno V, Rubin C-J, Alves JM, Ferrand N, Alves PC, Andersson L: Candidate genes underlying heritable differences in reproductive seasonality between wild and domestic rabbits. Animal Genetics 2015, 46:418-425 (DOI: 10.1111/age.12299)

Carneiro M, Rubin C-J, Di Palma F, Albert FW, Alfoldi J, Barrio AM, Pielberg G, Rafati N, Sayyab S, Turner-Maier J, Younis S, Afonso S, Aken B, Alves JM, et al.: Rabbit genome analysis reveals a polygenic basis for phenotypic change during domestication. Science 2014, 345:1074-1079 (DOI: 10.1126/science.1253714)

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