Dr Kai Zeng

School of Biosciences

Senior Lecturer

+44 114 222 4708

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Dr Kai Zeng
School of Biosciences
Room B88
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN
  • 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, School of Biosciences, 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.


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Journal articles

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Journal articles


  • Zeng K (2012) The application of population genetics in the study of codon usage bias In Cannarozzi GM & Schneider A (Ed.), Codon Evolution: Mechanisms and Models (pp. 245-257). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

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
Professional activities
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy