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Rob Ness

Assistant Professor

BSc, Queen’s University
PhD, University of Toronto
PostDoc, University of Edinburgh


Prospective Students

I am currently accepting MSc and PhD students. Interested applicants should send a CV, an unofficial transcript along with a cover letter summarizing their research interests, academic background, and skills. Please check my lab website for additional details.


The genetic variation required for evolution by natural selection is generated by mutation, which creates new variants, and recombination, which shuffles those variants into new combinations. In my lab we combine experimental evolution, computational biology, population genetics and genomics to uncover how the generation of variation at the molecular level interacts with genetic drift and natural selection to drive patterns of biological diversity.