Although phylogenetics has been around for some time now, the quality and quantity of data generated by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology has posed exciting new challenges for phylogenetics. To address some of them, several members of our group participated in and were involved in organizing a four month programme in phylogenetics that took place at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge in 2007. Over 200 researchers from around the world took part in this programme, and several open problems in phylogenetics (pdf 90 KB) were developed in Cambridge. This workshop was followed up in 2011 by the Phylogenetics: new Data, new phylogenetic challenges workshop.

Research in our group collaborates with many researchers from all over the world and involves PhD-students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Our research currently focuses mainly on the following topics:

Phylogenetic networks and modelling reticulate evolution
Phylogenetic Combinatorics
Phylogenetic trees
Phylogenetics in Practice


We collaborate with several researchers and groups from around the world, including the following:

Magnus Bordewich, University of Durham, UK
Jo Dicks, Quadram Institute, Norwich, UK
Andreas Dress and Stefan Gruenewald, PICB, Shanghai, China
Brent Emerson, School for Biological Sciences, UEA, UK
Olivier Gascuel, LIRMM, Montpellier, France
Pete Lockhart, Allan Wilson Center for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Massey, University, New Zealand
Barbara Holland, University of Tasmania, Australia
Daniel Huson, Tuebingen University, Germany
Leo van Iersel, CWI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Steven Kelk, Maastrich University, The Netherlands
Jack Koolen, POSTECH Mathematics, Pohang, Korea
Bengt Oxleman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ian Roberts, Institute for Food Research, Norwich, UK
Charles Semple and Mike Steel, Biomathematics Research Centre, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Kevin Tyler, School of Medicine, UEA, UK
Philippe Gambette, (Université Marne-la-Vallée (LIGM, équipe AlgoB) France
Celine Scornavacca,ISEN, University of Montpellier 2, France.
Simone Linz, University of Aucklan, New Zealand.
Mark McMullan, The Genome Analysis Center, Norwich, UK

Our collaboration with Andreas Dress, Jack Koolen and Mike Steel were funded in part through the EPSRC grant "Phylogenetic combinatorics: a mathematical theory for the analysis of phylogenetic trees and networks" (PI V. Moulton, CI K. Huber).

Research Team

Dr. Katharina Huber, Prof. Vincent Moulton, Dr. Taoyang Wu, Dr. Chris Greenman