University of Aberdeen
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