Deborah Charlesworth

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Deborah Charlesworth
Born 13 March 1943 (1943-03-13) (age 74)
Nationality British
Fields evolutionary biologist
Doctoral students Stephen Wright, Philip Awadalla, Martin Morgan

Deborah Charlesworth FRS FRSE (née Maltby; born 13 March 1943) is a British evolutionary biologist.[1]

Charlesworth received a PhD in genetics from Cambridge University in 1968, and did postdoctoral work at Cambridge, the University of Chicago, and Liverpool University. She taught at the University of Chicago from 1988–1997, leaving to take up a Professorial Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.[2] She is best known for her work on the evolution of genetic self-incompatibility in plants and is recognised as a leader in that field. Charlesworth was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2001 and of the Royal Society of London in 2005.[1] According to the Web of Science she has published over 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals. These articles have been cited over 10,000 times and she has an h-index of 53.[3] She has been married since 1967 to the British evolutionary biologist Brian Charlesworth.


  • Charlesworth, D,Wright, SI. (2001) Breeding systems and genome evolution. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development 11, 685-690.
  • Jesper S. Bechsgaard, Vincent Castric, Deborah Charlesworth, Xavier Vekemans, Mikkel H. Schierup. 2006. The transition to self-compatibility in Arabidopsis thaliana and evolution within S-haplotypes over 10 million years. Molecular Biology and Evolution 23: 1741-1750.
  • Asher D. Cutter, Scott E. Baird and Deborah Charlesworth. 2006 Patterns of nucleotide polymorphism and the decay of linkage disequilibrium in wild populations of Caenorhabditis remanei. Genetics 174: 901-913.
  • Bergero, R., A. Forrest, E. Kamau, and D. Charlesworth. 2007. Evolutionary strata on the X chromosomes of the dioecious plant Silene latifolia: evidence from new sex-linked genes. Genetics 175:1945-1954.
  • D. Charlesworth 2006 Balancing selection and its effects on sequences in nearby genome regions. PLoS Genetics 2: e64 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.0020064.
  • S. Qiu, R. Bergero, A. Forrest, V. Kaiser, D. Charlesworth 2010 Nucleotide diversity in Silene latifolia autosomal and sex-linked genes. Proceedings of the Royal Soc. 277: 3283-3290 (doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0606).
  • Bergero, R., and D. Charlesworth, 2011 Preservation of the Y transcriptome in a 10MY old plant sex chromosome system. Current Biology 21: 1470-1474.
  • Jordan, C., and D. Charlesworth, 2012 The potential for sexually antagonistic polymorphism in different genome regions. Evolution 66: 505–516. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01448.x[4]



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