University of Aberdeen
Current Position Research Fellow
Previous Position Bioinformatician
Telephone +44 (0) 1224 273 255
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Omics and Informatics


Key Research Interests

  • The functional genomic basis of reproductive isolation in species complexes
  • The evolutionary origin of behaviour and learning in amoeboid protists
  • Host-parasite functional (epi-)genomics
  • The role of microbiome composition in shaping host ecology and evolution
  • Developing novel bioinformatics approaches to analysing high-throughput sequencing data

Recent Key Papers

  • Wenzel, M.A., Johnston, C., Müller, B., Pettitt, J. and Connolly, B., 2019. Deep evolutionary origin of nematode SL2 trans-splicing revealed by genome-wide analysis of the Trichinella spiralis transcriptome. bioRxiv, p.642082.
  • Wenzel, M.A., Douglas, A. and Piertney, S.B., 2018. Microbiome composition within a sympatric species complex of intertidal isopods (Jaera albifrons). PloS one, 13(8), p.e0202212.
  • Wenzel, M.A., Douglas, A., James, M.C., Redpath, S.M. and Piertney, S.B., 2016. The role of parasite‐driven selection in shaping landscape genomic structure in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica). Molecular ecology, 25(1), pp.324-341.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • QUADRAT DTP student, Rosalin Simpson: Functional parasite epigenomics and transcriptomics for improving honey-bee health in a global pollination crisis
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Abhiraj Chakraborty: Functional ‘omics for assessing resilience to environmental stress in the intertidal beadlet anemone Actinia equina