Conor Meehan

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Conor Meehan

Research fellow at the Institute of Tropical Medicine working on Mycobacteria, primarily epidemiology and drug resistance.

Time at course

I will be here from July 20th until July 30th (the entire course).

Contacting me

Twitter: @con_meehan

I will be at the course for the entire time

Current projects

  • Transmission of M. tuberculosis and M. ulcerans in highly endemic areas
  • Epidemiological cut-offs for exploring transmission clusters
  • Phylodynamic modelling of bacteria
  • Evolution and transmission of drug resistance

Other work-related interests

  • Species concepts in prokaryotes and units of diversity
  • Protein structure variation and effect on function
  • HIV coreceptor usage and envelope structure
  • Microbial community interactions and lateral gene transfer

My Lab's Web Page

Lecture and Lab files

Phylodynamics lecture


*BEAST tutorial

The *BEAST tutorial is part of the Taming the BEAST workshop tutorials set.
The whole set of tutorials can be found (and followed for free) at
We will specifically use the *BEAST2 tutorial.

Can download BEAST2 from

If you want to run the lab on the cluster, you can create input in BEAUti on your computer and then upload to class server or copy premade xml file by

cp /class/molevol-shared/StarBeast-Tutorial/xml/gopher.xml .

(Do not mv, only cp)

You can then run BEAST2 with

beast gopher.xml

If everything goes wrong, you can get all the input and output files by using

cp -r /class/molevol-shared/StarBeast-Tutorial/ .

(Do not mv, only cp)

Another note: BEAST2 comes with a faster, more robust version of *BEAST called *BEAST2. You can get this in BEAUti through the 'manage packages' menu under 'file'

Other lectures/labs

Some past or good lectures/labs: A tutorial I wrote for the Molecular Evolution course in Cesky Krumlov on BLAST+ can be found here

A brief overview presentation on short read alignment can be viewed here
An alignment lecture can be found File:MSA.pdf and a lab from Mark can be found here

Other interests

Besting Emily_Jane_McTavish at leg wrestling at MolEvol11