Seb Bailey


School of Biological & Chemical Sciences   Fogg Building
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS
United Kingdom
Tel: (0)20 7882 7528 or ext. 4787

email: s.e.bailey “at”



I am a NERC funded PhD student,  in my third year of study. I joined the group in January 2012. I am interested in identifying the genetic component of phenotypic variation between species and how that relates to phylogenies.

My work focuses on investigating the mechanisms of speciation. My PhD project aims to produce an accurate construction of the horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus) phylogeny and  identify of the cause of their adaptation and diversification through large-scale Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques and molecular analyses.

My work in the Rossiter lab combines large dataset-style bioinformatic techniques with NGS wet lab work and work in the field. In 2012 I spent 10 weeks in South East Asia trapping horseshoe bats. The data I collected in the field has then been combined with the vast quanities of molecular data I have collected from museum’s valuable collections all around the world.

I am using NGS targeted sequence capture techniques to recover thousands of loci from the hundreds of species provided by my collaborators at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada), The Field Museum (USA), The Harrison Institute (UK), the Hungarian Natural History Museum (Hungary), Bogazici University (Turkey) and the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (South Africa).

Research Output

Bailey SE, Mao X, Parker J, Tsagkogeorga G, Rossiter S (2014) Diversification of horseshoe bats. Oral presentation. Third Year Research Student Symposium 2014, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK. February 17th 2014

Guschanski K, Krause J, Sawyer S, Valente LM, Bailey SE, Finstermeier K, Sabin R, Gilissen E, Sonet G, Nagy ZT, Lenglet G, Mayer F, Savolainen V (2013) Next generation museomics disentangles one of the largest primate radiations. Systematic Biology 62(4): 539-554

Bailey SE, Mao X, Tsagkogeorga G, Parker J, Lim B, Bates P, Rossiter S (2012) Horseshoe bat diversification: A phylogenomic study of adaptation and discordance. Poster Presentation. BritBats: 2nd British Bat Research Symposium. March 22nd 2013

Bailey SE (2012) The diversification of horseshoe bats: Sorting the trees from the phylogenetic forest. Oral presentation. First Year Research Student Symposium 2012, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK. March 2nd 2012

Guschanski K, Krause J, Rankin S, Bailey SE, Sabin R, Gilissen E, Wendelen W, Sonet G, Nagy Z, Lenglet G, Mayer F, Savolainen V (2010) A ‘museomics’ approach to testing the factors of speciation in primates. Poster presentation. Speciation 2010: First European Conference on Speciation Research. IIASA, Conference Center, Laxenburg, Austria December 13th – 15th 2010.

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