Dr Rose Ruiz Daniels

Post-doctoral research


I am a BBSRC core-funded scientist within the Macqueen lab, and currently share this position with Dr Richard Taylor. My work aims to support the group in developing a range of state-of-the-art functional genomics tools (e.g. ATAC-Seq, ChIP-Seq, linked-read sequencing), with a view to understanding genome function, regulation and evolution in salmonids and other aquatic organisms. By trade, I am an evolutionary biologist, which makes salmonids a very interesting model due to their relatively recent genome duplication event, which occured approximately 88-103 million years ago. Salmonids are still in the process of undergoing rediploidization, making these fish a compelling system to study genome evolution. For example, in collaboration with others in the lab, I am currently looking into how microRNAs have evolved in salmonids, and how this compares to other teleost fishes. 


Biography and previous work

I did my undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of Manchester. After that I received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to do a European masters in Applied Ecology which took me to France, Germany and New Zealand (where I worked with Parasites and their co-evolution with their host). I did my PhD under the supervision of Dr Delphine Grivet in the Centre of Forest Research ( INIA-CIFOR) in Madrid – titled “Evolution, Demography and Selection in Conifers” – with most of this work involving the exploration of methodologies for inferring molecular adaptation in different species of conifer. In particular, I focused on untangling the signals of demographic history, random drift and selection at the molecular level in the pine species Pinus Halepensis. Working with conifers has given me a taste for working with complex genomes and a keen interest in learning more about genome evolution.


RUIZ DANIELS, R., TAYLOR, RS., SERRA VARELA., MJ, GONZÁLEZ-MARTÍNEZ, S.C., VENDRAMIN and G.G. GRIVET, D.(2018) Inferring selection during long range colonisation: the Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) in the Mediterranean basin. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14786 

SERRA-VARELA, MJ., ALÍA, R., RUIZ DANIELS, R., ZIMMERMANN, N.E GONZALO-JIMÉNEZ., J and GRIVET, D. (2017) Assessing vulnerability of two Mediterranean conifers to support genetic conservation management in the face of climate change. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12544  

RUIZ DANIELS, R., BELTRAN, S., POULIN, R., and LAGRUE, C. (2013) Do parasites adopt different strategies in different intermediate hosts? Host size, not host species, influences Coitocaecum parvum (Trematoda) life history strategy, size and egg production. Parasitology, 140, pp 275-283.