Mr Timothy Russell

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My PhD is focused on theoretical population genetics. Specifically, models of the evolution of selfish genetic elements within a population. We study finite and infinite population sizes corresponding to determinisitic and stochastic formulations of the models. Some of the specific selfish genes we've modelled include recombination hotspots and segregation distorters. We've also studied the selection-recombination equations in general, looking specifically for a surface known as the quasi-linkage equilibrium manifold. 

More broadly, I am interested in nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation theory, chaos and how they all relate to the evolution of selfish genetic elements.

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