This is the website of the dos Reis Lab research group @ QMUL

Research in the dos Reis Lab is focused on the development and application of statistical methods in phylogenetics. We are particularly interested in using Bayesian statistics to infer times of species divergences (that is, in placing geological times of divergence on the Tree of Life), and on methods to measure the strength of natural selection in molecular sequences. You can see examples of our research in the Key Publications below.

If you’re interested in learning more about the lab or joining us, please contact us at


School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary University of London
London, E1 4NS

Interested in doing a PhD? We usually submitted projects for the BBSRC LiDO and NERC DTP PhD programmes.

Interested in doing a postdoc? We’re happy to discuss funding options, such as the Royal Society Newton Fellowship, Marie Curie, Leverhulme grants, etc.

Key Publications

  • Bayesian molecular clock dating of species divergences in the genomics era
    dos Reis M, Donoghue PCJ and Yang Z. (2016) Nature Reviews Genetics, 17: 71–80.
    DOI: 10.1038/nrg.2015.8

  • Uncertainty in the timing of origin of animals and the limits of precision in molecular timescales
    dos Reis M, Thawornwattana Y, Angelis K, Telford M, Donoghue PCJ and Yang Z. (2015) Current Biology, 25: 2939–2950.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.09.066

  • How to calculate the non-synonymous to synonymous rate ratio of protein-coding coding genes under the Fisher-Wright mutation-selection framework
    dos Reis M. (2015) Biology Letters, 11: 20141031.
    DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.1031

Our Research in the Media

Our research has been highlighted in the media an in textbooks! You can see some examples below:

  • Clocks Versus Rocks by Ed Young in the Scientist, discusses our analysis of the timing of placental mammal diversification after the K-Pg extinction. You can read our original paper here.

  • Ridiculously Cute Mouse Lemurs Hold key to Madagascar’s Past in National Geographic, discusses the work we did in collaboration with Anne Yoder’s group (Duke University) on how timing divergences in mouse lemur species can be used to understand Madagascar’s past. You can read the original paper here, and our blog post.

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