Dr Chris Cunningham
Telephone: (01792) 513247
Room: Office - 102B
First Floor
Margam Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioural Genetics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Social Behaviour
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Parental Care


  1. & Relating quantitative variation within a behavior to variation in transcription. Evolution 71(8), 1999-2009.
  2. & Ethological principles predict the neuropeptides co-opted to influence parenting. Nature Communications 8, 14225
  3. & The effect of foot posture on capacity to apply free moments to the ground: implications for fighting performance in great apes. Biology Open 6(2), 269-277.
  4. & The role of neuropeptide F in a transition to parental care. Biology Letters 12(4), 20160158
  5. & The Genome and Methylome of a Beetle with Complex Social Behavior,Nicrophorus vespilloides(Coleoptera: Silphidae). Genome Biology and Evolution 7(12), 3383-3396.

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  • BIO258 Animal Physiology

    Physiology examines the normal physical and chemical functions of an organism and how these functions interact. Less formally, physiology is the study of ¿how animals work.¿ Whilst physiology spans many levels of biological organization, from cells to organ systems, this module will focus on organ systems. All major organ systems will be discussed. This module will discuss both vertebrate and invertebrate physiology, particularly when they are very different. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how structure and function are interconnected.

  • BIO340 Professional Laboratory Skills

    Professional Laboratory Skills is a module that provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience of fundamental and advanced laboratory techniques in the broad area of biomolecular sciences. BIO340 consists of four intense laboratory sessions: two conducted in the wet-lab and two conducted in the computer lab. This blend of in vitro and in silico experimentation reflects the skills needed by modern biology graduates. Each session will have a theme: (1) protein biochemistry, (2) in silico structural manipulations, (3) PCR-techniques and gel electrophoresis, (4) Bioinformatics. Students will examine the structure-function relationship of a conserved, yet functionally diverse, family of proteins. Such proteins are found in plants, animals (including invertebrates) and microorganisms. [It should be noted that this module runs out of term time (usually early September), in a similar manner to residential field courses]


  • The application of solid state chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) for epigenetic profiling of insects. (current)

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