May 2021: Paper with Kieran accepted in Molecular Ecology, our first with the C.elegans-Leucobacter parasite system.

April 2021: Emily’s and Kieran’s review on host microbiota facilitating infectious disease accepted in PLoS Pathogens.

April 2021: Welcome to Toby Hector as a Philip Leverhulme Prize post-doc. Toby joins us from Matt Hall’s lab at Monash University in Australia, and he will be exploring the impact of temperature stress on parasite virulence evolution.

March 2021: Congratulations to Emily on her non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College!

March 2021: Paper with Georgia and Emily on evolutionary transitions across the parasite-mutualist continuum accepted in Nature Reviews Microbiology.


Nov 2020: We look forward to welcoming Dr. Toby Hector as a new Philip Leverhulme Prize post-doc in the lab.

Nov 2020: Paper with Suzie accepted in Molecular Biology and Evolution as part of her Wellcome Trust ISSF post-doc.

Oct 2020: Snail microbiome paper with US colleagues – Laura Bankers (Colorado), Maurine Neiman (Iowa), Dylan Dahan (Stanford) – and UK colleauges (Greg Hurst, Liverpool) accepted in Evolutionary Applications.

August 2020: Lab reopened

June 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Maria Ordovas-Montanes who successfully defended in her thesis in the viva!

June 2020: Commentary on worsening inequalities in academia during covid lockdown with colleagues at U Liverpool (Zen Lewis and Greg Hurst) accepted in Current Biology

May 2020: Kim received a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship from Kellogg College. Congratulations!

May 2020: Congratulations to Dr. Alice Ekroth who successfully defended her thesis!

May 2020: Paper with Dylan accepted in BMC Microbiology.

March 2020: Lab shut-down due to pandemic

March 2020: Welcome Kim Hoang! She is a prestigious NSF Fellow investigating the effect of immune-priming on parasite evolution with Tim Read (Emory) as our collaborator. Kim joins us from Nicole Gerardo’s and Levi Morran’s groups at Emory University.

Feb 2020: Congratulations to Kieran who just received a Junior Research Fellowship from St. Hilda’s College, Oxford!

Jan 2020: We are happy Jai Bolton has joined us as a DTP student. Jai will work on the impact of a super-spreaders on in a natural nematode-parasite system.



Sept 2019: Welcome to Emily Stevens! She is an ERC post-doc on COEVOPRO and will explore the within-host evolutionary interactions between the microbiome and an novel pathogen.

Sept 2019: Welcome to Andrea Gomez! Andrea joins us as a SNSF Fellow investigating the coevolution of tick-borne pathogens.

March 2019: Welcome to Georgia Drew who joins us as an ERC post-doc on COEVOPRO!

February 2019: Kayla appeared on BBC Countryfile talking about microbiome diversity:

January 2019: Kieran started in the lab! Welcome!



Nov 2018: Welcome back, Suzie Ford, who has started a Wellcome Trust post-doc in the group exploring the mechanisms underlying host immune responses to protective symbionts.

Sept 2018: Kieran Bates will join us in January as a post-doc investigating the evolution of resistance in the face of coinfection.

July 2018: Kayla awarded an ERC Starting Grant (COEVOPRO) of ~€1.5 million over 5 years to examine the potential for coevolution in protective symbioses:

May 2018: Back from maternity leave.

April 2018: Paper with Charlotte, Dylan, and Ben Ashby accepted in Evolution Letters.

April 2018: Paper with Alex and Craig Maclean officially accepted in Science. Celebration!



Nov 2017: Baby #2 arrived! Off on maternity leave.

Oct 2017: Kayla received a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Sept 2017: Alex successfully defended his DPhil thesis. Well done! Thanks to Mike Brockhurst for visiting us and doing the examining. Alex now joins us as a JRF at St. Hilda’s.

July 2017: New theory papers accepted in Evolution Letters and BMC Evolutionary Biology.

July 2017: Rachel Murray-Watson joins us from Imperial College over the summer for a BBSRC undergraduate research project. Welcome, Rachel!

May 2017: The lab has more publicity, Alex is featured on BBC doc ‘Michael Mosley vs. the Superbugs‘:

April 2017: Alice passed her transfer viva into the department and the group. Congrats, Alice!

Feb 2017: Alex received a Junior Research Fellowship from St. Hilda’s College to continue his work in the lab on host-parasite interactions in a community context. Congratulations, Alex!

Jan 2017: Listen to my participation on BBC In Our Time discussion on PARASITES:

Jan 2017: Our new lab technician, Jordan Sealey, joins us from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Welcome, Jordan!



Dec 2016: Congratulations to Suzie on her successful PhD viva! Suzie is now off to a post-doc with Beth McGraw at Monash University.

Nov 2016: Check out the online fun associated with Suzie’s new paper in Nature Communications.   

Oct 2016: Alice Ekroth join the lab as PhD students. Welcome!

Oct 2016: New papers accepted in Molecular Ecology and Nature Communications. Congrats Suzie!

Sept 2016: New review paper with Alex and Charlotte out in Trends in Parasitology.

July 2016: Our work is highlighted in Journal of Experimental Biology:

July 2016: Maria joins us as a DTP PhD student to investigate the evolutionary processes underlying host recognition of good and bad microbes. Welcome!

May 2016: Paper on wasp male-killer accepted into PLoS Pathogens.

March 2016: Check out the National Geographic feature of our work by Ed Yong:

March 2016: New paper accepted in Evolution. Alex’s first PhD paper, with more to come.

Feb 2016: New opinion piece accepted in PLoS Pathogens with Suzie on the evolutionary implications of protective microbes.

Jan 2016: Dylan joins us as a DTP PhD student to investigate the local adaptation of protective microbes to host populations. Welcome, Dylan.



Dec 2015: Paper accepted in ISME on experimental evolution of protective microbes in C. elegans! Stay tuned for much much more…

July 2015: Another great paper from Charlotte’s PhD:

June 2015: Kayla received a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to study adaptive evolution of protective microbes in our C. elegans system. Woo hoo!

June 2015: Congratulations to Charlotte on her PhD paper with Gerrit Joop in BMC Evol Biol:

June 2015: Back from maternity leave.



Nov 2014: Baby arrived!

Sept 2014: Charlotte has joined the lab as an OUP John Fell post-doc. She will be exploring the coevolutionary processes underlying microbial protection against parasites. Welcome, Charlotte.

July 2014: Alex has a new first-author paper out in PNAS on ‘Contrasted coevolutionary dynamics between a bacterial pathogen and its bacteriophages’ from his MSc project with Michael Hochberg.

Check out his interview with Oxford Science Blog:

July 2014: Jack (2nd year undergrad) has joined the lab for the summer to determine if sexual and asexual planarians deal with bacterial infection differently – collaboration with Aziz Aboobaker’s group. Welcome, Jack.

May 2014: Helen received a 3-year Exhibition 1851 Fellowship to work on parasite virulence evolution in structured host populations using C. elegans. She will be working with us and with Frank Jiggins’ group in Cambridge. Welcome, Helen.

May 2014: Hannah joined the lab for her final year project to investigate the role of host genotype in mediating the outcome of coinfections. Welcome, Hannah.

April 2014: Paper with old Lively labmates out in Biology Letters on parasites and promiscuity:

Jan 2014: Alex joined the group as a DTP PhD student to investigate the mechanisms underlying the evolution of host microbial protection. Welcome, Alex.

Jan 2014: Crystal is visiting the lab from the University of Toronto to explore the effect of age-structure in host populations on pathogen virulence evolution. Welcome, Crystal.



Sept 2013: Suzie co-authored a paper in Nature Reviews Microbiology with Prof. Martin Maiden –  – from her honours project.

Sept 2013: The King Lab is up and running at the University of Oxford!

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