Brennen Heames

PhD Student, EsCat ITN Graduate School


Tel.: +49-(0)251-83-21632

Room: 100.17

Scientific Career and Education

  • MSci Biochemistry - University of Cambridge (2015-16)
  • BA Biochemistry - University of Cambridge (2012-15)

Research Interests

  • De novo gene emergence
  • Ancestral Sequence Reconstruction
  • Protein evolution
  • Biocatalysis
  • Directed evolution


  • Heames, B., Schmitz, J., Bornberg-Bauer, E. (2020). A Continuum of Evolving De Novo Genes Drives Protein-Coding Novelty in Drosophila. J. Mol. Evol.
  • Bornberg-Bauer, E. and Heames, B. (2019). Becoming a de novo gene. Nat Ecol & Evol.
  • Moretto, L., Vance, S., Heames, B., and Broadhurst, R.W. (2017). Dissecting how modular polyketide synthase ketoreductases interact with acyl carrier protein-attached substrates. Chem. Commun. (Camb.)