Mike completed his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics at Massy University in New Zealand in 2009 and then took up a Distinguished Postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Molecular Biology at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. In 2012 Mike moved to the USA to take up a position as a postdoc, in OEB at Harvard University. Mike started a research group in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University in 2016. Mike and his group grow populations of bacteriophage, bacteria, and fungi for 1000s of generations in a variety of environments and use the tools of whole-genome sequencing, statistics, and genetic engineering to observe evolution as it happens. In particular, they are interested in how horizontal gene transfer and coevolution changes the rules of evolution in prokaryotes and contributes to the evolution of antibiotic resistance.
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