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My Current Main Research Interests:

Causes of genetic diversity in natural populations

Proteomics and transcriptomics with emphasis on data analysis methods

Causes and consequences of paternal inheritance of mitochondrial DNA

Evolutionary genetic modelling of plankton populations

Comparative protein modelling and applications in evolutionary biology and medicine

See my LinkedIn and ResearchGate pages (links under my photo) for further information about me.

Areas of Expertise

  • In Research:
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Molecular Population Genetics
  • Biological Statistics and Modelling
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics


  1. Jenkins, G, Zaïr, Z, Skibinski, D, Quick, E, Griffiths, S, Johnson, G, Doak, S Non-linear dose–response of DNA-reactive genotoxins: Recommendations for data analysisMutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis678295100
  2. Skibinski, D, Jones, H, Restall, C, Dudley, E, Van Keulen, G Negatively-Marked MCQ Assessments That Reward Partial Knowledge Do Not Introduce Gender Bias Yet Increase Student Performance and Satisfaction and Reduce AnxietyPLoS ONE82
  3. Skibinski, D, Dyson, P, Del Sol Abascal, R, Hitchings, M, Facey, P The Evolution of an Osmotically Inducible dps in the Genus StreptomycesPLoS ONE84
  4. Skibinski, D, Jones, R, Thornton, C, Bryant, A, Francis, N, Jones, N Bioenergetic analysis of human peripheral blood mononuclear cellsClinical & Experimental Immunology18216980
  5. Skibinski, D, Flynn, K, Mitra, A Acclimation, adaptation, traits and trade-offs in plankton functional type models: reconciling terminology for biology and modellingJournal of Plankton Research374683691
  6. Skibinski, D RNA-seq data from mature male gonads of marine mussels Mytilus edulis and M. galloprovincialisData in Brief21167175
  7. Diz, A, Truebano, M, Skibinski, D The consequences of sample pooling in proteomics: An empirical studyELECTROPHORESIS301729672975
  8. Skibinski, D, Dudley, E, Diz, A Identification and characterisation of highly expressed proteins in sperm cells of the marine mussel Mytilus edulisPROTEOMICS121219491956
  9. Tsyganov-Bodounov, , Hayward, P, Skibinski, D, Porter, J Bayesian phylogenetics of BryozoaMOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION52904910
  10. Skibinski, D, Burzynski, A, Zbawicka, M Scottish Mytilus trossulus mussels retain ancestral mitochondrial DNA: Complete sequences of male and female mtDNA genomesGENE4564553
  11. Skibinski, D, Tsyganov-Bodounov, A Confocal laser scanning microscopy method for in vivo bryozoan larvae identificationMarine Biodiversity Records3
  12. Skibinski, D RNA-seq coupled to proteomic analysis reveals high sperm proteome variation between two closely related marine mussel speciesJournal of Proteomics
  13. Skibinski, D, Mitchell, I Analysis of Genotoxicity Data in a Regulatory Context(Ed.),399417
  14. Skibinski, D, Mullins, J Structure-Related Differences between Cytochrome Oxidase I Proteins in a Stable Heteroplasmic Mitochondrial SystemGenome Biology and Evolution91232653281
  15. Skibinski, D, Flynn, K Effects of growth rate, cell size, motion, and elemental stoichiometry on nutrient transport kineticsPLOS Computational Biology144e1006118

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  • PM-402 Advanced Research Project B

    The advanced research project is a key component of the final year of study, providing students with experience of conducting cutting-edge research in the Institute of Life Science and Centre for Nanohealth over an 9-month period. The project will fall into one of the current medically-related research themes: Biomarkers and Genes; Microbes and Immunity; Devices. Students will employ a range of advanced analytical procedures to investigate a specific topic. In addition, they will gain experience in preparing a research proposal and presenting their data in various formats. Research topics will be assigned that are appropriate to a specific degree title. For example, a Genetics student could be assigned a project investigating gene function in an insect vector of a tropical disease, using the technique of RNA interference. The advanced research project is divided between 2 modules, PM-400 and PM-402. PM-402 comprises the final written dissertation.

  • PMGM11 Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics

    The Introduction to Human Genetics and Genomics module is a subject-specific module in the MSc Genomic Medicine programme. This unit will provide essential and contemporary knowledge relating to genetic science and genetic disease. The module will prepare participants to understand disease genetics, how genomic medicine can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology in the context of genomic medicine. It will provide core knowledge underpinning later modules in bioinformatics and statistics. This module will serve as a foundation for those wishing to advance their careers within the NHS in genomic medicine.


  • The development and evaluation of a computer-based tool for assessing web-based information on medicines. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Kerina Jones
    Other supervisor: Prof Gareth Jenkins
    Other supervisor: Prof David Skibinski
    Other supervisor: Prof David Skibinski

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head - College of Medicine

    2010 - 2013

  • Programme Director BSc Degrees in Biochemistry and Genetics

    2006 - 2013