Dr Sha (Joe) Zhu

Joe Zhu

Post-doctoral researcher


Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Roosevelt Dr. 
Oxford, OX3 7BN


Research summary

My research interest is in phylogenetics, developing methodologies and solving mathematical problems raised by phylogenetic studies, particularly phylogeny reconstruction using coalescent techniques.

My current projects include:

  1. Implementing the Sequential Coalescent-with-Recombination Model into a program (collaborating with Paul Staab from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München).
  2. Developing tools to infer demographic structures and histories from whole-genome data via the particle filtering technique.


Sha Zhu, James H. Degnan, and Mike A. Steel. Clades, clans and reciprocal monophyly under neutral evolutionary models. Theoretical Population Biology, 79:220–227, 2011.

Sha Zhu and Mike A. Steel. Does Random Tree Puzzle produce Yule–Harding trees in the many-taxon limit? Mathematical Biosciences, 243(1):109–116, 2013.