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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Kevin Gori


I took my Masters' in Computational Biology at the University of York and then my PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory-European Bioinformatics Institute, supervised jointly by Nick Goldman and Christophe Dessimoz.

In August 2016, I joined the Transmissible Cancer Group in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, headed by Elizabeth Murchison


Research Interests

My background is in phylogenetics, a set of mathematical techniques used to infer the evolutionary relationships between organisms. In particular, my focus is on discordant evolution, in which evolutionary trees differ depending on the genomic region being analysed.

My current research is on the evolutionary and geographic history of recently discovered transmissible cancers.


  • Orthology
  • Horizontal gene transfer
  • Phylogenetics
  • Population genetics
  • Transmissible cancers

Key Publications

Gori, Kevin, Tomasz Suchan, Nadir Alvarez, Nick Goldman, and Christophe Dessimoz. 2016. “Clustering Genes of Common Evolutionary History.” Molecular Biology and Evolution 33 (6): 1590–1605.

Altenhoff, Adrian M., Nives Škunca, Natasha Glover, Clément-Marie Train, Anna Sueki, Ivana Piližota, Kevin Gori, et al. 2015. “The OMA Orthology Database in 2015: Function Predictions, Better Plant Support, Synteny View and Other Improvements.” Nucleic Acids Research 43 (Database issue): D240–49.

Peng, Xinxia, Jessica Alföldi, Kevin Gori, Amie J. Eisfeld, Scott R. Tyler, Jennifer Tisoncik-Go, David Brawand, et al. 2014. “The Draft Genome Sequence of the Ferret (Mustela Putorius Furo) Facilitates Study of Human Respiratory Disease.” Nature Biotechnology 32 (12): 1250–55.

Iantorno, Stefano, Kevin Gori, Nick Goldman, Manuel Gil, and Christophe Dessimoz. 2014. “Who Watches the Watchmen? An Appraisal of Benchmarks for Multiple Sequence Alignment.” In Multiple Sequence Alignment Methods, edited by David J. Russell, 1079:59–73. Methods in Molecular Biology. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.

Mellars, Paul, Kevin C. Gori, Martin Carr, Pedro A. Soares, and Martin B. Richards. 2013. “Genetic and Archaeological Perspectives on the Initial Modern Human Colonization of Southern Asia.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110 (26): 10699–704.