Dr. Deborah Marie Leigh
At WSL, I am using genomic tools to characterize the diversity of the CHV-1 virus hypo. CHV-1 is used as a natural biocontrol for chestnut blight and has been blamed for damage in Europe. I am using third generation sequencing technology to characterize CHV-1 diversity in the wild and though out infection. Furthermore, I am using direct RNA sequencing to explore the effects of cDNA conversion and PCR bias on intrahost diversity estimates.
I am a conservation biologist, population geneticist / genomicist, and bioinformatician. My interests focus on using genetic tools to support threatened species and systems. Prior to working at WSL, I contributed to the IPBES's assessment of the status of biodiversity and assessed the proportion of genetic variation So I have extensive experience working on the genetics of reintroduced population and captive breeding programs.
2019-2021 Postdoctoral fellow "Intrahost diversity of CHV-1", WSL, Switzerland
2017-2018 Postdoctoral fellow "Population Genomics of Arctic Seabirds", Queens University, Canada
2013-2012 PhD "Population Genomics of the Alpine ibex," University of Zurich, Switzerland
2011-2012 MRes "Ecology, Evolution and Conservation," Imperial College London, UK
2008-2011 BSc "Biological Sciences Hon. Zoology," University of Edinburgh, UK
See my personal website for more information: www.deborahmleigh.weebly.com