Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

Our research team

The Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics team here at the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences is a diverse, collaborative group of researchers. We’re academics, postdoctoral research fellows, research technicians and postgraduate students, all working together to break new ground and make a real impact on the world around us.

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Mary O'Connell

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



I was a lecturer, then senior lecturer, then deputy head of department at the School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University from 2005 until 2015. In 2012, I spent a year as a Fulbright visiting professor at Harvard in the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology and the Museum of Comparative Zoology, where I worked with Professor Scott Edwards and his group. In September 2015 I left DCU to take up my "250 Great Minds University Academic Fellowship" at the University of Leeds. At the University of Leeds, along with Dr. Niamh Forde and Dr. Julie Aspden, we established the Leedsomics research institute. In July 2018 I was appointed as an Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham, where I am currently based. I am a council member for the international Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and am an associate editor for both of the societies journals (GBE and MBE). I am an elected fellow of the Linnean Society and an invited research associated of the Natural History museum London for my work on comparative genomics.

I am passionate about promoting evolutionary biology and in 2012, I was a co-organiser of the annual SMBE meeting in Dublin, Ireland, which was attended by 1,300 delegates. I have organised and taught on EMBO advanced courses in Phylogenetics and phylogenomics in Maynooth, Ireland (2004), Medellin, Colombia (2009), Erice, Sicily (2013) and Iquitos, Peru (2016).

Expertise Summary

I am an evolutionary genomicist. My research group has four research areas of interest - Phylogenomics, Mechanisms of Protein evolution, Evolutionary Theory, and Adaptation.

Recent Publications

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Cells, Organisms and Molecular Genetics

School of Life Sciences
University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH