Professor Alexei Drummond

BSc, PhD


Alexei completed his BSc (1996) and PhD in Bioinformatics (2002) at the University of Auckland. He then spent 3 years at the University of Oxford doing post-doctoral research in the Department of Statistics and the Department of Zoology before returning to The University of Auckland in 2005 to take up a Lecturership in Bioinformatics in the Department of Computer Science.

For more details see my webpage

Research | Current

Alexei’s research interests are centered around probabilistic models of molecular evolution and population genetics.

  • Algorithms in bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics software development
  • Complexity theory
  • Computational modeling and analysis of genes, genomes and natural populations
  • Inference and simulation of evolutionary processes in biology

Teaching | Current

Office Hours: Mon 10am - 12

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bouckaert, R., Heled, J., Kühnert D, Vaughan, T., Wu, C.-H., Xie, D., ... Drummond, A. J. (2014). BEAST 2: a software platform for Bayesian evolutionary analysis. PLoS Comput Biol, 10 (4)10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003537
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Remco Bouckaert, Walter Xie
  • Vaughan, T. G., & Drummond, A. J. (2013). A stochastic simulator of birth-death master equations with application to phylodynamics. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 30 (6), 1480-1493. 10.1093/molbev/mst057
  • Stadler, T., Kuehnert, D., Bonhoeffer, S., & Drummond, A. J. (2013). Birth-death skyline plot reveals temporal changes of epidemic spread in HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV). PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 110 (1), 228-233. 10.1073/pnas.1207965110
  • Bouckaert, R., Lemey, P., Dunn, M., Greenhill, S. J., Alekseyenko, A. V., Drummond, A. J., ... Atkinson, Q. D. (2012). Mapping the origins and expansion of the Indo-European language family. Science, 337 (6097), 957-960. 10.1126/science.1219669
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Quentin Atkinson, Russell Gray, Remco Bouckaert
  • Drummond, A. J., Suchard, M. A., Xie, D., & Rambaut, A. (2012). Bayesian Phylogenetics with BEAUti and the BEAST 1.7. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 29 (8), 1969-1973. 10.1093/molbev/mss075
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Walter Xie
  • Kearse, M., Moir, R., Wilson, A., Stones-Havas, S., Cheung, M., Sturrock, S., ... Duran, C. (2012). Geneious Basic: An integrated and extendable desktop software platform for the organization and analysis of sequence data. Bioinformatics, 28 (12), 1647-1649. 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts199
  • Heled, J., & Drummond, A. J. (2010). Bayesian Inference of Species Trees from Multilocus Data. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 27 (3), 570-580. 10.1093/molbev/msp274
  • Gray, R. D., Drummond, A. J., & Greenhill, S. J. (2009). Language Phylogenies Reveal Expansion Pulses and Pauses in Pacific Settlement. SCIENCE, 323 (5913), 479-483. 10.1126/science.1166858
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Russell Gray

Contact details

Primary location

Level 3, Room 379
New Zealand

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