Staff, Students, and Associates

Dr Tyler Chafin
Senior Bioinformatician for Method Development


Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
JCMB, The King's Buildings,
Peter Guthrie Tait Road,
EDINBURGH, EH9 3FD, Scotland, UK.


I joined BioSS as a bioinformatician in April 2022. My background is in the application of high-throughput DNA sequencing data to various problems in wildlife/ fisheries and conservation genetics, and in that capacity I have worked on projects involving various endangered and managed species. I am still active in this area, but also spend a lot of time in various other 'omics applications. 

Current projects:

  • Pipeline development and bioinformatics supporting Scotland's wastewater SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance programme 
  • Improving methods for geolocation/ landscape genetics in managed species (addressing specific problems such as human-mediated translocation and skewed sampling)
  • Developing supervised and unsupervised methods for improved genotype imputation 
  • Methods for detecting hybridisation from genomic data (and some collaborative projects in various species)
  • Improving methods for spatial genetics in riverscapes and other dendritic systems, and applications for these methods in comparative population genetics