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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Dr Lucy Weinert

Dr Lucy  Weinert

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow

Principal Investigator

Lucy Weinert is accepting applications for PhD students.

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 766247


2015-present, PI, University of Cambridge
2008-2015, PDRA, University of Edinburgh, Université Montpellier II, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Cambridge
2008, PhD, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh
2004, BSc, Biology, University of Bristol

Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:
Mathematical Biology:

Departments and Institutes

Cambridge Infectious Diseases:

Research Interests

I am interested in patterns of molecular evolution within pathogens. My research uses statistical techniques, molecular sequence data and other sources of biological data (e.g. host, geography, disease phenotype) to try and reconstruct the evolution of the study organism and through this identify the important ecological, molecular and epidemiological processes that influence observable outcomes. My goals are to better understand fundamental evolutionary processes as well as to allow us to make predictions about epidemics and inform public health decisions. 


  • Genomics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Bacterial evolution
  • Epidemiology
  • Zoonoses
  • Bioinformatics
  • Infectious Diseases

Key Publications

Murray GG, Weinert LA, Rhule EL, Welch JJ. (2016) The Phylogeny of Rickettsia Using Different Evolutionary Signatures: How Tree-Like is Bacterial Evolution? Systematic biology 65:2, 265-279 (doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syv084)

Weinert LA, Chaudhuri RR, Wang J, Peters SE, Jukka Corander J, Jombart T, Baig A, Howell KJ, Harris D, Chieu TTB, Chau NVV, Campbell J, Schultsz C, Julian Parkhill J, Bentley SD, Langford PR, Rycroft AN, Wren BW, Farrar J, Baker S, Hoa NT, Holden MTG, Tucker AW, Maskell DJ (2015) Genomic signatures of human and animal disease in the zoonotic pathogen Streptococcus suis. Nature Commuications 6: 7640 (doi: 10.1038/ncomms7740)

Weinert LA*, Viera Araujo E*, Ahmed MZ, Welch JJ (2015) The incidence of bacterial endosymbionts in terrestrial arthropods. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B 282: 20150249 (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0249)

Weinert LA, Depledge DP, Kundu S, Gershon AA, Balloux F, Nichols RA, Welch JJ, Breuer J (2015) Rates of vaccine evolution show strong effects of latency, but argue against an Out-of-Africa spread of Varicella Zoster virus. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32: 1020-1028 (doi: 10.1093/molbev/msu406)

Weinert LA. (2015) The diversity and phylogeny of Rickettsia bacteria. In: Morand S, Krasnov BR, Littlewood, DTJ (eds.) Parasite diversity and diversification: evolutionary ecology meets phylogenetics pp. 150-183. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Waxman D*, Weinert LA*, Welch JJ (2014) Inferring host range dynamics from comparative data: the protozoan parasites of New World monkeys. The American Naturalist 184: 65-74 (doi: 10.1086/676589)

Cui Y*,Yu C*, Yan Y*, Li D*,Li Y*, Jombart T*, Weinert LA*, Wang Z, Guo Z, Xu L, Zhang Y, Zheng H, Qin N, Xiao X, Wu M, Wang X, Zhou D, Qi Z, Du Z, Wu H, Yang X, Cao H, Wang H, Wang J, Yao S, Rakin A, Li Y, Falush D, Balloux F, Achtman M, Song Y, Wang J, Yang R (2013) Historical variations in mutation rate in an epidemic pathogen, Yersinia pestis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 110: 577-582 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1205750110

Weinert LA, Welch JJ, Suchard M, Lemey P, Rambaut A, Fitzgerald JR. (2012) Molecular dating of human-to-bovid host jumps in Staphylococcus aureus reveals an association with the spread of domestication. Biology Letters 8: 829-832 (doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0290)

Richardson MF, Weinert LA, Welch JJ, Linheiro RS, Magwire MM, Jiggins FM, Bergman CM. (2012) Population genomics of the Wolbachia endosymbiont in Drosophila melanogaster. PLoS Genetics 8: e1003129 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003129)

Farrer RA, Weinert LA, Bielby J, Garner TW, Balloux F, Clare F, Bosch J, Cunningham AA, Weldon C, du Preez LH, Anderson L, Pond SL, Shahar-Golan R, Henk DA, Fisher MC (2011) Multiple emergences of genetically diverse amphibian-infecting chytrids include a globalized hypervirulent recombinant lineage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 18732-18736 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1111915108)

Weinert LA, Werren JH, Aebi A, Stone GN, Jiggins FM. (2009) Evolution and diversity of Rickettsia bacteria. BMC Biology 7: 6 (doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-7-6)

*= joint lead authorship

Please see my google scholar page for a more up to date list