Wenying Shou

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Genetics, Evolution and Environment

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Professor of Quantitative and Evolutionary Biology


Wenying Shou is interested in discovering general principles that govern communities of interacting microbes. She graduated from Pomona College (California, US), double majoring in molecular biology and mathematics. As a PhD student at the California Institute of Technology, she used molecular genetics and biochemistry to decipher how budding yeast cells exit mitosis. She did her postdoctoral work at a physics-biology laboratory at the Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center (New York, US), with the intention of combining mathematics with biology. There, she became interested in quantitatively understanding microbial interactions and communities. In her laboratory at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and now at UCL, she uses engineered as well as in silico communities to tackle fundamental and applied biological questions: How can cellular cooperation persist in the presence of cheaters? How might community-level properties, such as spatial organisation and community robustness, emerge from interactions? How can we improve community functions through artificial selection? She is also interested in science communications, especially explaining mathematical concepts to non-mathematicians and disseminating scientific discoveries to non-specialists.

Research Interests:

Evolution, Ecology, Evolution of cooperation, Microbial communities, Mathematical modelling, Quantitative biology, Systems biology, Causal inference, Synthetic biology

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Evolution and Adaptation

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