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Department of Genetics



Frank Jiggins joined the Department of Genetics in 1996 as a PhD student and then a junior research fellow. In 2003 he moved to the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh, first as a Wellcome Trust Fellow and then as a Royal Society Research Fellow. In 2009 he returned to Cambridge to take up a university lectureship in the Department of Genetics. He is now a Professor of Evolutionary Genetics.

Research Interests

Our lab studies the evolution and genetics of hosts and parasites, mostly using Drosophila, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and rabbits. Which genes cause variation in susceptibility to infection and why is this variation maintained in populations? How does natural selection shape parasite and host genomes?  What determines whether mosquitoes can transmit human disease? Our research is addressing these questions using the tools of genomics and evolutionary genetics.

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Professor of Evolutionary Genetics
Professor Frank  Jiggins
Areas of Interest: 
Host-Parasite Evolution and Genetics
Email address: 
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge, CB2 3EH
Office phone: 
+44 (0)1223 333175
Takes PhD students