The Bell Lab
Department of Biology

Current Research Program
Major research themes


Yeast population structure

Baker's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is widely used as a laboratory model system.  We have been studying its nearest wild relatives, S. paradoxus and S. cariocanus, in order to be able to use powerful yeast biotechnology to study natural populations.

  • Greig, D., Bell, G. & Reuter, M. 2007. Increased outbreeding in yeast in response to dispersal by an insect vector.  Current Biology 17: R81-R83.
  • Koufopanou, V., Hughes, J., Bell, G. & Burt, A. 2006. The spatial scale of genetic differentiation in a model organism: the wild yeast Saccharomyces paradoxus.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 361: 1941-1946.

Wild yeast grows on the bark and leaves of hardwood trees.