Lecturers: Author Biographies & Research Interests

My research covers several areas in evolutionary biology and population genetics, combining both theoretical work and empirical analyses. Of particular interest is the analysis of recombination from population genetic data, the relationship between linkage disequilibrium and properties of the underlying genealogy, and methods for inferring genealogical history from DNA sequence data.


My main research interests fall under the areas conservation, phylogenetics and speciation. To study various aspects of these fields, my fieldwork has taken me to Trinidad, Senegal, Utah, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, Uganda and Kenya.


Denis Noble received his PhD from University College London in 1961, where his project to produce the first computer model of the heart had already resulted in two articles published in Nature in 1960.


Volker Roelcke: born in 1958; graduated in medicine (M.D., Heidelberg University 1984) and social anthropology (M. Phil., Cambridge University 1988); clinical psychiatrist (board exam 1992); from 1992 until 1999 lecturer at the Medizinhistorisches Institut, University of Bonn; 1998/99 visiting scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science/ Presidential Commission on the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society during the Nazi period; from 1999 until 2003 associate professor for the History of Medicine and Science,


Juris Salaks (October 11, 1961 in Latvia) – physician, Dr. med. (1991), prof. (2005). Graduated Riga Medical Institute in 1987. Postgraduate study (1987-89). Completed  his Dr.med. (1991) at Free University Berlin. From 1991 scientific director of the Paul Stradin Museum of the History of Medicine in Riga.


Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Formerly a Fellow of All Souls College, and Wadham College, he is now a Fellow of New College. He is currently an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and was previously a Royal Society University Research Fellow. His academic work concerns mainly group theory and number theory.


Danielle Schreve is a Reader in Physical Geography and Deputy Director of the Centre for Quaternary Research.at Royal Holloway. Danielle graduated with a B.Sc. in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Quaternary mammalian palaeontology from the Department of Biology, also at UCL, in 1997.


My background is in the molecular biology of human viral pathogens, specifically HIV (tat/TAR interactions, at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge), poliovirus (secondary structure of 5' non-coding RNA in neurovirulence and vaccine attenuation, with Prof Jeff Almond) and coronaviruses, in the pre-SARS era (with Prof Stuart Siddell, then in Wuerzburg, Germany).


Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a historian of ideas, who works on historiographical and philosophical interpretations of the Holocaust, comparative genocide, history of anthropology, and the cultural history of the British Right.


Fred Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a member of the Cassini Infrared Spectrometer Team and is the coauthor (with Athena Coustenis) of Titan, the Earthlike Moon (World Scientific, 1999) and Titan: Exploring an Earthlike World (forthcoming from World Scientific, 2008).




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