Dr Kai Zeng

Dr Kai ZengTel: +44 (0) 114 222 4708

Email: k.zeng@sheffield.ac.uk

Room B88, Alfred Denny Building

Website: zeng-lab.group.shef.ac.uk


BSc, double major in Statistics and Computer Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China (1999)

PhD, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China (2007)

Visiting PhD student, University of Chicago, USA (2004–2007)

Royal Society International Incoming Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK (2008-2009)

Royal Society of Edinburgh/Caledonian Research Foundation Biomedical Personal Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK (2009-201)

Lecturer then Senior Lecturer, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (2011-present)

Research Interests

My research is focused on population genetics. I am particularly interested in developing realistic and computationally tractable models for analyzing DNA sequence data. The aim is to understand how fundamental evolutionary processes such as mutation, genetic drift, genetic recombination, and natural selection interact with one another, and the impact of these interactions on evolution.


Qualification: Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • APS135 - Skills for Biologists 1
  • APS222 - Level 2 Tutorials
  • APS274 - The Molecular Revolution in Biology
  • APS330 - Level 3 Projects
  • APS331 - Level 3 Dissertations
  • APS344 - Topics in Evolutionary Genetics
  • APS351 - Human Evolutionary Genetics
  • APS407 - Research and Study Skills in Biology