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Telford’s has worked on various problems in animal molecular systematics in comparative developmental studies in the arthropods and flatworms. Current research areas include molecular comparisons of lophotrochozoan larvae, phylogeny and development of the mandibulate arthropods and comparative genomic studies of ecdysozoans and deuterostomes. Telford gained his doctoral degree from Oxford University and has subsequently worked in Paris, at the National History Museum in London, and in Cambridge. He was a recipient of a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship and an EMBO Young Investigator award in 2000 and received the Bicentennial Medal from the Linnean Society in 2007.
Exciting new opportunities for understanding the patterns and processes of organismal evolution are coming thick and fast from the diverse fields that characterise evo-devo. These may be best exemplified by the democratisation of technologies such as gene manipulation (e.g. through RNAi) and ever cheaper genome sequencing which are now becoming applicable to a multitude of ‘non-model’ species.