Dr Matishalin Patel

Dr Matishalin Patel


Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Data Science AI and Modelling Centre (DAIM)


  • PhD / DPhil (University of Oxford)


I am a theoretical biologist working on social evolution theory and modelling behavioural evolution more generally.

I have a Masters in computational biology from Imperial and I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford. I was previously a Postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge in the department of Zoology and the Centre for the Future of Intelligence.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Microbial warfare and the evolution of symbiosis

Patel, M., & West, S. (2022). Microbial warfare and the evolution of symbiosis. Biology Letters, 18(12), Article 20220447. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2022.0447

Research interests

I am interested in how evolution works and shapes complex animal behaviours.

My work has focused on social evolution specifically the evolution of altruistic and spiteful trait in bacteria and multicellular life.

I am also interested in using artificial life and simulations to ask more general questions about co-evolution and cooperation across species.

I have recently also been working on the evolution of intelligence and how we can use major transitions theory to better understand the evolution of animal and non-animal intelligences.