I am Professor of Palaeobiology at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol (UK). I obtained my PhD from the University of Leicester (UK) in 1997 and heldfellowships there and the University of Birmingham (UK) before being appointed Lecturer in Birmingham in 1999. In 2003 I moved to the University of Bristol (UK) where I was appointed professor in 2010. My lab studies major evolutionary transitions, from the LUCA to the origin of animals and land plants, combining evidence from palaeontology and molecular biology to understand the timing, tempo and mode of organismal evolution Donoghue Lab.
I am a Research scientist at the CSIC in Barcelona, Spain. I got my PhD at UAB, Barcelona, and continued my training at Stanford University, as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow and Research Associate. Research in my lab focuses onunderstanding how organisms adapt to natural and urban environments (González Lab). We combine-omic approaches with molecular and phenotypic analyses to identify and characterize adaptive mutations, in particular those induced by transposable element insertions.