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Daniel Wilson

Dr Daniel Wilson

Research Fellow


University of Oxford

Research summary

Some people have brown eyes and some people have blue eyes; these differences are because of differences in our genes. Bacteria don't have eyes, but they do have a range of other characteristics tremendously important to the planet's inhabitants. Like people, bacteria vary in their characteristics. Bacteria live in their trillions on the skin and in the bodies of humans and animals. Half your body weight is due to all those bacteria! Most are harmless - some are even beneficial, helping to di gest food and absorb nutrients. Some, however, are harmful, causing widespread disease. Because of this possibility of harm, scientists are interested in discovering genes that affect bacterial characteristics including the risk of causing serious disease. Although scientists have invented ways of finding genes that affect human characteristics such as eye colour, these methods cannot be applied to bacteria because bacteria differ from humans in how they reproduce and share genes among themse lves. In this project, I wil

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Statistical Methods for Whole Genome Phenotype Mapping in Bacterial Populations.

Scheme: Sir Henry Dale Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2013 - Oct 2018

Value: £705,283