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Frank Wright

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Principal Bioinformaticist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK



  • BSc in Zoology, with Physics and Mathematics, University of Glasgow.
  • MSc in Operational Research, University of Sussex.
  • Teaching qualification in Mathematics and Computing, Moray House, Edinburgh.
  • PhD in Molecular Evolution, University of Edinburgh.
  • Joined BioSS in 1989, based at Dundee since 1998.

Current research interests

  • Software development: Design of TOPALi application for phylogenetic, positive selection, and recombination detection analyses.
  • Statistics methodology: Methods to analyse of multiple sequence alignments, particularly to detect evidence of recombination.


  • Application of statistical/evolutionary methods to molecular sequence data and genomics data.
  • Providing training in molecular phylogenetics.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Computational Molecular Biology.
  • Molecular Sequence Analysis.
  • Phylogenetics.
  • Genomic Sequence Analysis.
  • Systems Biology.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.