Dr Gareth J Fraser

Dr Gareth Fraser

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 4317

E-mail: g.fraser@sheffield.ac.uk

Room B1 207A, Alfred Denny Building

Website: www.fraser-lab.net


BSc (Hons) at the University of Portsmouth (2000)
MRes at the University of Glasgow (2001)
PhD at King´s College London (2005)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2005-2009)
Lecturer at the University of Sheffield (2009–present)

Key Research Interests

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Our research comprises three major areas of interest: (i) biodiversity and morphological evolution of fishes; (ii) comparative dental development and regeneration; and (iii) evolutionary developmental biology.

We study the development of dental diversity across a range of vertebrates. Our laboratory questions how varieties of teeth are patterned and modified across species, how they form and how they are replaced for continued production, specifically in fishes. Fishes account for more than half of all extant vertebrates and they have an immense diversity of dental form. The models that we study vary from initial dental patterning and tooth number, to the capacity for dental regeneration with a diverse array of tooth replacement modes. This comparative context provides a framework in which to understand the complexities of dental diversity at the genetic level.

Our broad research focus is the genetic basis of developmental mechanisms that regulate vertebrate craniofacial patterning and evolution. By coupling evolutionary and developmental genetic disciplines with more translational biosciences, we aim to break down the complexities of morphological development, diversity and regeneration of the craniofacial skeleton, and in particular the dentition.

Administrative positions

ERASMUS coordinator for APS

Research Group

Takanori Shono

Dr Takanori Shono

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr Kyle Martin

Dr Kyle Martin

Postdoctoral Associate

PhD Students

Liam RaschLiam Rasch

PhD Researcher

Rory Cooper

Alexandre Thiery

Serina Akhtar

Serina Akhtar

Research Technician

Please contact Dr Fraser for information on PhD positions in our Laboratory.


APS272 Animal Diversity

APS274 The Molecular Revolution in Biology

APS344 Topics in Evolutionary Genetics

APS350 Marine Ecology Field Course