Max Telford

 Max Telford

University College London, United Kingdom

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EvoDevo publishes articles on a broad range of topics associated with the translation of genotype to phenotype in a phylogenetic context. Understanding the history of life, the evolution of novelty and the generation of form, whether through embryogenesis, budding, or regeneration are amongst the greatest challenges in biology. We support the understanding of these processes through the many complementary approaches that characterize the field of evo-devo.

Currently the Professor of Zoology, in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London.

Exciting new opportunities for understanding the patterns and processes of organismal evolution are coming thick and fast from the diverse fields that characterise evo-devo.  These may be best exemplified by the democratisation of technologies such as gene manipulation (e.g. through RNAi) and ever cheaper genome sequencing which are now becoming applicable to a multitude of ‘non-model’ species.

Telford’s has worked on various problems in animal molecular systematics in comparative developmental studies in the arthropods and flatworms. Current research areas include molecular comparisons of lophotrochozoan larvae, phylogeny and development of the mandibulate arthropods and comparative genomic studies of ecdysozoans and deuterostomes. Telford gained his doctoral degree from Oxford University and has subsequently worked in Paris, at the National History Museum in London, and in Cambridge. He was a recipient of a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship and an EMBO Young Investigator award in 2000 and received the Bicentennial Medal from the Linnean Society in 2007.

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