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Tyler Brunet

PhD student

College: Clare
Supervisor: Tim Lewens
Thesis topic: Cyborgs, Synthetic Biology, Molecular Biology

I completed my BSc in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Philosophy (2015), and an MSc Computational Biology (2017), both at Dalhousie University, where I worked as a research associate in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2015-17. My research interests and training have focused on the philosophy of biology, molecular biology and evolution. 

My current research is an attempt to apply the philosophy of evolutionary biology to technology, with specific attention given to characterizations of machines, organisms, and cyborgs.



Doolittle, W. F., & Brunet, T. D. (2017). On causal roles and selected effects: our genome is mostly junk. BMC biology, 15(1), 116.

Inkpen, S. A., Douglas, G. M., Brunet, T. D., Leuschen, K., Doolittle, W. F., & Langille, M. G. The coupling of taxonomy and function in microbiomes. Biology & Philosophy, 1-19. 

Brunet, T. D. (2016). Aims and Methods of Biosteganography. Journal of Biotechnology, 226, 56-64.

Doolittle, W. F., and Brunet, T. D. (2016). What is the Tree of Life? PLOS Genetics, 12(4), e1005912.

Brunet, T. D., and Doolittle, W. F. (2015). Multilevel selection theory and the evolutionary functions of transposable elements. Genome Biology and Evolution, 7(8), 2445-2457.

Brunet, T. D., and Doolittle, W. F. (2014). Getting “function” right. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(33), E3365-E3365.

Doolittle, W. F., Brunet, T. D., Linquist, S., and Gregory, T. R. (2014). Distinguishing between “function” and “effect” in genome biology. Genome Biology and Evolution, 6(5), 1234-1237.