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September 2020: Matt Shepherd shows us how all to do a stellar science communication talk in this year’s virtual Pint of Science UK, talking about “Hotwiring Genes”. In case you missed it, catch up below.

July 2020: Taylor lab reopens… partially at least. Not at full capacity, and with MANY distancing rules in place. But it’s good to have some data to look forward to. I hope everyone has stayed safe and well during this extraordinary time, and we remain cautious as we move into the next phase.

June 2020: It might not have been quite as fancy as an all expenses paid trip to Québec, but our own Matt Shepherd did a sterling job in the virtual SMBE2020 Walter Fitch symposium. If you were crazy enough to miss it, catch up here:

April 2020: The rinkidinks return! My latest children’s book, that introduces concepts of DNA, genes and genetics to 6-9 year olds was released on the 27th of April in celebration of DNA day. The book can be read for free, and there are also some online teaching resources available for your little scientists, that require no special equipment – perfect for lockdown lessons.

April 2020: New paper out in Royal Society Open Science, “Cancer cell lines show high heritability for motility but not generation time”. Great collaboration with Ana Wass, George Butler, Louise Johnson and Phil Dash from the University of Reading.

March 2020: These are difficult times, and finding reasons to celebrate seem more important than ever. Recently, I found out I was successful in securing my first UKRI grant from the BBSRC. This will fund a 3 year post doc position and a 3 year 0.5FTE research assistant, on a new exciting project looking at using comparative experimental evolution to test the role of mutation, selection and genetic background on repeatable evolution. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, this project will not start until Jan 2021 at the earliest, but if you are interested in finding out more, please send me an email.

February 2020: I am truly grateful to the Royal Society for the support they give me. I have been awarded a Royal Society Enhancement Award 2020, allowing me to increase molecular efforts and productivity in my lab. Really looking forward to celebrating this one with my mate and fellow scientist (of the most epic kind) Ellie Harrison (check out http://www.ellieevolves.co.uk).

February 2020: Matt Shepherd nominated as a finalist for the Walter M. Fitch award symposium at SMBE 2020 in Québec city. James Horton and Louise Flanagan also receive Young Investigator Awards. Free Taylor lab trip to SMBE! Not too shabby.

February 2020: My newest book, Little Letters is almost complete. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the scrumptious illustrations by James Munro.

January 2020: Poster prizes galore at the University of Bath Biology and Biochemistry Departmental Research Day. Best poster in the first year PhD category for Louise Flanagan, and best third year PhD category win for James Horton. Go Taylor Team!

January 2020: James, Louise and Matt, still with a Christmas hangover, do the Taylor lab proud, all speaking at PopGroup 2020 in Leicester.

September 2019: A public engagement grant secured from the Genetics Society will fund the latest children’s book from Tiffany Taylor with brilliant illustrations from James Munro. This book will be an addition to the “Little Changes” series – looking at the genetics of the Rinkidinks. If you don’t know who the Rinkidinks are, check out the “Children’s Books” section of my website and follow links to read the story in full, for free.

Until one day whilst wandering, two strangers they caught sight,
One was short and tubby; the other tall and slight.
So different in so many ways: their tail, their shape, their skin;
That how could they imagine, that their ancestors were kin?

August 2019: The first annual Taylor Lab Summer Outing was spent enjoying a sunny day exploring Cheddar Gorge and sampling cheese. Well done to Matt Shepherd for winning the ultra competitive Exploding Kitten Championship.

July 2019: James Horton wins poster prize at SMBE2019 in the graduates poster competition. Well done!

June 2019: James Horton strikes again with another awesome article in “The Conversation”: Is evolution, a process based on random mutation, ever predictable? Why humans (or something very similar) may have been destined to walk the Earth

May 2019: Excellent and productive Probability meets Biology “collaborative incubator” (i.e. workshop) with the Maths Department at the University of Bath. Amazing what can be achieved in a few days when you have access to such talent. This work will hopefully pave the way for new papers and future grants… to be continued

Probability meets Biology collaborative incubator: Jamie Thompson, James Horton, Marcel Ortgiese, Nick Priest, Renee Dale, Tiffany Taylor, Lingyun “Ivy” Xiong

March 2019: James Horton featured on Spark podcast talking about his recent article in “The Conversation” tune in from 16:13 – 24:43

March 2019: Fantastic meet up with collaborators from University of Reading

Enjoying pizza with Dr Liam McGuffin, Dr Geraldine Mulley, Prof Rob Jackson, Dr Nick Priest, James Horton, Matt Shepherd, Dr Louise Johnson, Dr Tiffany Taylor, Louise Flanagan

Dec 2018: James Horton writes in “The Conversation” on Silicon Valley’s quest for immortality – and its worrying sacrifices