Davis Laundon has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Zoological Society of London as part of the Charles Darwin Award & Marsh Prize for the best undergraduate thesis across the UK.

Davis' excellent undergraduate research on choanoflagellates focused on investigating the origin and evolution of animal multicelullarity.

Davis has now started his PhD at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth. He said: "During my undergraduate studies, I conducted my thesis work at the MBA with Pawel Burkhardt studying the evolution of synaptic proteins in the closest single celled relatives of the animals - the choanoflagellates. I am excited to continue working at the MBA on my PhD with Michael Cunliffe, where I will be investigating the parasitic interaction between fungi and marine diatoms."

A graphic depicting choanoflagellates, the closest single-celled relatives of the animals.

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Jul 5, 2018 By guba