Alex Jeffries

Alex Jeffries
Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath, UK.

Alex obtained his BSc and Honours in Biochemistry and Microbiology at Adelaide University, South Australia, in the 1980s. He stayed in the Biochemistry Department at Adelaide for his PhD, working under Professor Bob Symon’s supervision where he carried out research into RNA enzymes and plant virology. An interest in phylogenetics developed from this and led to a postdoctoral position at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he investigated the evolution of apicomplexan parasites. As a NSERC Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Marine Biosciences, Halifax, Nova Scotia he was part of the Sulfolobus solfataricus genome sequencing project under Professors Mark Ragan and Ford Doolittle. Continuing with the theme of genome sequencing, he moved to the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford, and contributed to the sequencing of Neisseria meningitidis MC58 and vaccine development under Professor Richard Moxon. Finally he settled in at the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, where he has been for the last 22 years as a lecturer and senior lecturer. His interests range (not an exhaustive list) from molecular evolution and microbiology through to philosophy, woodworking and guinea pigs.