Dr Dave Lunt

Head of Biology

Faculty of Science and Engineering


+44 (0) 1482 465514

Dave Lunt researches the fundamental evolutionary processes causing genomes to differ between individuals, species, and across the diversity of life.

He is a member of the EvoHull: Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics research group, and he applies genome sequencing to a range of both fundamental and applied problems.

Dave is a strong advocate for open and reproducible science.


Research Interests

  • Evolutionary comparative genomics; mutation, recombination, gene duplication, and the molecular basis of genomic change.
  • Applying modern genomics to applied problems: understanding major agricultural challenges, detecting pathogens and invasive species in agriculture and forestry using high throughput DNA techniques.
  • Promoting and advancing reproducible science. This involves bioinformatics pipelines and software for analysis of genome data.


Szitenberg A, Salazar-Jaramillo L, Blok VC, Laetsch DR, Joseph S, Williamson VM, et al. 'Comparative Genomics Of Apomictic Root-Knot Nematodes: Hybridisation, Ploidy, And Dynamic Genome Change'. Genome Biology and Evolution (2017)

Szitenberg A, Cha S, Opperman CH, Bird DM, Blaxter ML, Lunt DH. 'Genetic Drift, Not Life History or RNAi, Determine Long-Term Evolution of Transposable Elements'. Genome Biology and Evolution. 8: 2964–2978 (2016)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Skills for Biologists
  • Genetic Analysis
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Reviews in Biological Science
  • Human Evolution and Genomics
  • Environmental Genomics research project

Research PhDs

Dave welcomes PhD applications in bioinformatics, phylogenomics, or genomic molecular evolution.


Teaching awards and accolades

  • BSc University of York
  • PhD University of East Anglia