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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dr Paul Hurd


Senior Lecturer in Epigenetics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7008
Room Number: Room 3.17, Fogg building

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Genes and Bioinformatics (BIO223)
  • Transmission Genetics (BIO241)
  • Essential Skills for Biomedical Scientists (Tutorials) (BMD100)
  • Human Molecular Biology (BMD211)
  • Functional Genomics and Epigenetics (BIO327)


Research Interests:

The analysis and elucidation of the biological functions of epigenetic mechanisms at the cellular, whole organism and population level, using both next-generation genomics and state of the art molecular techniques. 

Our major research focus concerns understanding how epigenetic mechanisms mediate interactions between the genome and environment. As illustrative examples, my lab works on three model organisms:

  • Honeybee
  • Zebra finch
  • Single-cell eukaryote Tetrahymena thermophilia

Epigenetics, phenotype and the environment

We use the honeybee (Apis mellifera) as a model organism to understand how nutrition interacts with the epigenome in order to orchestrate the development of three organisms from a single genome. This phenotypic polymorphism represents one of the most striking examples of developmental plasticity in any phylum. 

This work is funded by the Royal Society, WHRI-Academy COFUND Marie Curie Action and by a current project grant from the BBSRC.

Ecological epigenetics

Using the single-cell model eukaryote Tetrahymena thermophila, we are interested in the potential for epigenetic mechanisms to control how individual organisms and populations adapt to changing environmental conditions. 

This work is funded by a current project grant from the BBSRC.

Epigenetics and behaviour

The songbird Taeniopygia guttata (zebra finch) is an emerging model organism for studying mechanisms of learning-and-memory. We examine the epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation involved in long-term, experience-dependent changes in zebra finch brain function. 

This work is funded by a current Principal’s PhD studentship from Queen Mary University of London.

The Hurd Lab is a core group member of the QMUL Epigenetics Hub.

Research department


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Current PhD opportunity

PhD supervision

Postdoctoral supervision

  • Danyal Conn