Edinburgh is an excellent place to work and live. The Institute of Evolutionary Biology (part of the School of Biological Sciences) is one of the leading evolutionary departments worldwide and shares close links with the also excellent Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, in which the foundations of modern malaria genetics were discovered.

Our work is mainly empirical (experimental) and we use malaria parasites as a model system to tackle interesting evolutionary questions, which we hope will also provide new insights into the biology of these important parasites. 


Prospective PhD projects

In Edinburgh, PhD studentships are usually awarded to students rather than supervisors or particular projects. Project outlines will be posted on www.findaphd.com every autumn though we are especially keen hear from students with their own project in mind. The extent to which a proposed project has been developed before the interview rounds is very variable - some students have very specific projects whilst others are considering quite broad areas.

If you would like to apply for a PhD position in our group, email Sarah (sarah.reece@ed.ac.uk):

More information can be found on the School of Biology Postgraduate Website.


Other placements

Fellows or postdocs wishing to work with or in the group on related projects are very welcome.

If you would like join us, you should drive the preparation of a fellowship or grant application to obtain funding. The Institute of Evolutionary Biology has a development program to assist fellows with the preparation of their applications, interview practice and career development during fellowships.

If you are a sabbatical visitor there are plenty of routes to obtain funding for your visit.


Honours and Summer Projects

Our lab offers approximately 4 honours projects per year to Zoology 4 students at the University of Edinburgh, but welcome students approaching us with specific projects in mind. We also host summer students who approach us, and encourage such students to seek funding to cover the costs of their time with us – in the first instance, please get in touch with Sarah via email (sarah.reece@ed.ac.uk).


List of Honours Projects - (click to expand details)

  • Lewis Steer [2017: Genetic and environmental effects on malaria parasite traits]
  • Christopher Hutton [2016: How do malaria parasites keep in time with their hosts?]
  • Ben [2016: Gotta go fast! Is it possible for malaria sporozoites to be both fast and numerous?]
  • Caroline Rodger [2015: You are WHEN you eat: does time of day matter when food needs to be detoxified?]
  • Ayley Wilson [2015: Gonna’ bite around the clock tonight: what controls seasonal changes in blood sucking?]
  • Iona Brian – [2014: The fitness consequences of feed timing and blood quality on Anopheles stephensi.]
  • Neil Diamond [2013: Tolerance variation to malarial infection]
  • Aidan MaCall Hagan [2013: Biological rhythms in mosquito vector & their impact on parasite development.]
  • George Lazaris [2012: The effects of stress cues on reproductive investment by Plasmodium chabaudi.]
  • Caroline Hosking – [2012: The Private Lives of Malaria Parasites: An investigation into the causes of sex ratio plasticity in Plasmodium chabaudi]
  • Eve Hadshar [2011: The role of resources and immunity in shaping malaria infection dynamics.]
  • Lisa Paterson [2011: Impact of jetlag on parasites in a resource limited environment.]
  • Francisco Perez Cortez [2011: Information use and plasticity in the transmission strategies of malaria parasites.]
  • Ben Vere [2010: Maternally acquired immunity and protection from malaria infection]
  • Anna Ffrench-Constant [2010: Competition and Facilitation in a Malaria Parasites System]
  • Alexander Storey [2010: Life history evolution of malaria parasites in response to drug treatment]
  • Toby Holland [2010: Social evolution and transmission strategies of malaria parasites]
  • Lucy Carter [2009: Sex in malaria parasites: ensuring fertilisation in a harsh environment]
  • Chris Nall [2009: Survival and sex of Malaria parasites in response to anti-malarial drug treatment]
  • Fiona Mactaggart [2009: social evolution in malaria parasites: the meaning of life]
  • Jennifer Sanderson [2008: inferences of relatedness on lethal fighting in the parasitoid wasp, M. australica]
  • Susanna Brierley [2007: the effects of TNF and NO on the transmission of P. berghei]
  • Joana Nunes [2007: dimporphism in M. acasta and australica females and resource availability]
  • Nita Hyrkkanen [2007: mating status and lethal male-male combat in the parasitoid wasp, M. australica]
  • Laura Speed [2007: how do honeydew and nectar effect malaria transmission?]
  • Robert Scott [2007: are GM malaria parasite useful in evolutionary ecology?]
  • Joanna Savage [2006: sex and death in a parasitoid wasp]
  • Simon Donegan [2005: lethal combat in M. acasta: does competitive environment matter?]
  • Andrew McMath [2005: lethal combat in M. acasta: does size matter?]
  • Graham Finney [2005: development and male-male combat in the parasitoid wasp M. acasta]
  • Kate Campbell [2005: how does subcurative drug treatment affect malaria parasite growth and transmission strategies?]
  • Leah Barnes [2005: do males know where the most virgins are?]
  • Alison Lee [2005: do females use host or social cues for sex allocation?]
  • Emma O'Flynn [2005: does size matter? Sexual selection and male phenotype in bean beetles]
  • Andrew Wilkinson [2005: how important are environmental and social cues for sex ratio decisions?]
  • Alison Robson [2004: do males know where the most virgins are?]
  • Gillian Roscoe [2004: can females simultaneously optimise sex ratio & clutch size?]
  • Ruth Wherry [2004: can the bean beetle C. maculatus respond to LMC?]
  • Jill Skinner [2004: how do males affect female reproductive success?]