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Dr Chris Cunningham

Lecturer, Biosciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 513247

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a behavioural geneticist interested in understanding social behaviours, such as, parental care. However, I started my career at the University of Utah, USA as a PhD candidate studying behavioural physiology and biomechanics. From there I moved into behavioural genetics and genomics during a five year post-doc at the University of Georgia, USA. I started my own research group at Swansea University at the beginning of 2017. Here, I have continued to investigate how genes underpin many behaviours, including mating, aggression, and parental care.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Social behaviour
  • Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Social Neuroscience

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
Professional Laboratory Skills
Behaviour & Genetics
Animal Physiology

My research group interrogates the mechanistic basis and evolutionary genetics of parental behaviour and, more generally, social behaviour. We use molecular genetics and genomics to interrogate the molecular substrates of parental care of the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides.