Jenny O'Dell

PhD studentJenny O'Dell
Rivers and Lochs Institute


+44 (0)1463 273568

Inverness College UHI
Research Hub
1 Inverness Campus


My background is in molecular genetics and immunology. After completing a BSc (Hons) Microbiology and Infection from the University of Edinburgh (2008), I worked for a number of years for biotech companies, including a cancer genomics start-up in Cambridge.  Before moving to Inverness, I worked at the Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh), investigating the genetic basis of disease resistance in chickens.

I joined the Rivers and Lochs Institute in September 2017 as a PhD student, focusing on developing genomic tools for the conservation of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel. My research focuses on the development of eDNA technology, as well as using molecular genomics to better understand the species. In particular I am interested in understanding local adaptation, specifically the host-parasite relationship.

Research Interests

  • eDNA technology applied to freshwater pearl mussel conservation
  • conservation genomics
  • population genetics
  • host-parasite co-evolution

Current projects

Development of genomic tools for conservation of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera)

Past projects

Macrophage biology and disease susceptibility in chickens - understanding the genetic basis of innate immunity (BBSRC grant)

Social media domains