Professor Laurence D. Hurst FMedSci FRS


I am the Professor of Evolutionary Genetics and Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution, in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at The University of Bath

My research interests cover a broad span of evolution, genetics and genomics.  My group dominantly use computational and mathematical techniques to understand the way genes and genomes evolve. 

I am especially interested in understanding whether selection might operate on what have commonly been assumed to be unimportant mutations (e.g. synonymous mutations, small genome re-arrangements) and if so why.  This has relevance for diagnosis of genetic diseases, as well as for gene and genome manipulation.


Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

The Milner Centre for Evolution, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK

Tel: + 44 (0)7952 121352;  Fax: + 44 (0)1225 386779;  email: bssldh(at)

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