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My group mainly uses experimental approaches to tackle big concepts in evolutionary biology. Because we are primarily interested in the research question, we use a variety of animal-microbe and parasite systems in the lab and field to test hypotheses.


Oxford (aka ‘Disneyland for academics’ according to Dr. Georgia Drew) is a fun place to work and be. Zoology at Oxford is a world-leading research environment strong in evolution, ecology, and infectious disease. The department also has a progressive culture dedicated to encouraging a family-friendly environment, promoting diversity, and supporting early career researchers. 

Prospective PhD projects

In Zoology, PhD studentships are most often awarded to students via the doctoral training programmes. Most of the students in my group are successful at acquiring NERC or BBSRC DTP positions. Although we are very keen to hear from students with their own ideas and systems, we normally develop project ideas together before the DTP interviews.

Send Kayla an email if you would like to apply for a PhD position in our group. More information can be found on the Zoology Oxford website:

Post-docs and fellows

Fellows or postdocs wishing to work with or in the group on related projects are very welcome. Please email Kayla and attach your CV.
We are happy to help with developing a fellowship or grant application, but any applications should be driven by you. The Department of Zoology can also help with fellowship interview practice and career development.

For joining us or general group inquiries:

Professor Kayla King
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford
11a Mansfield Road
Oxford OX1 3SZ

phone: +44 186 528 9188
twitter: @kaylacking (departmental webpage)

Individual contact details for other group members can be found via the People page

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