Although our lab is not yet crowded with people, it is densely populated with ideas, stuffed with some good technologies, and supplied with a bit of money to support the initial phase of our research. We are seeking scientists who are genuinly interested in science and comfortable being themselves to join our team. Scientists interested in experimental and theoretical evolution of proteins and nucleic acids are encouraged to apply! Prior training in fields spanning biology, physics, chemistry, or computational sciences is preferred. Please send your inquiries to

Sergey V. Melnikov — Faculty
Sergey is a Principal Investigator and Fellow of the Biosciences Institute at Newcastle University. He is broadly interested in the phenomenon of evolution, especially in those evolutionary events that are driven primarily by genetic drifts (rather than by natural selection).

Karla Helena-Bueno — PhD student
Karla is a scientist on a mission. Studying microbes that have an extraordinary capacity to strive in hostile conditions, Karla aims to unveil their secrets and thereby help learn how to endow biological molecules, and possibly organisms, with the ability to tolerate extreme environments.

Charlotte R. Brown — PhD student
Charlotte is a computational biologist working to understand how forces of evolution shape molecular structures in microbial parasites. Studying microbes that have been living as parasites for millions of years, Charlotte aims to unveil their common vulnerabilities that could serve as therapeutic targets.

Chinenye Ekemezie — PhD Student
Chinenye is a medical microbiologist working to help solve the emerging problem of antimicrobial resistance. Seeking for new sources of antimicrobials and strategies to reduce the risks of resistance evolution, she hopes to improve global health and make drugs last longer.