Dr Chris Davey BSc, PhD

Dr Chris Davey

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in population genomics

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My first degree was in zoology and microbiology and my PhD in biophysics (biological dielectrics). I wrote, got and did two Wellcome Trust fellowships in the area of linear and non-linear dielectric spectroscopy of human blood. I have taught at secondary school, taught a substantial part of the foundation year course in IBERS as well as part of the 1st year biochemistry course and I have successfully supervised two PhD students in biophysics. My research has encompassed both bench work and theoretical studies. Outside academia I have worked for both small and multinational companies and have freelanced as a consultant and computer programmer.


My current research interests are the mathematical modelling of plants, analysis of flow cytometry data and dielectric spectroscopy.



Davey, C., Robson, P., Hawkins, S., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I., Slavov, G. 2017. Genetic relationships between spring emergence, canopy phenology and biomass yield increase the accuracy of genomic prediction in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Botany 10.1093/jxb/erx339

Davey, C., Jones, L., Squance, M., Purdy, S., Maddison, A., Cunniff, J., Donnison, I., Clifton-Brown, J. 2017. Radiation capture and conversion efficiencies of Miscanthus sacchariflorus, M. sinensis and their naturally occurring hybrid M. × giganteus. GCB Bioenergy 9 (2) pp. 385-399. 10.1111/gcbb.12331 Cadair


Davey, C., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Donnison, I., Slavov, G. 2016. Selection and Genome-Wide Prediction of Phenology and Biomass Yield in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV. Cadair


Purdy, S.J., Cunniff, J., Maddison, A.L., Jones, L.E., Barraclough, T., Castle, M., Davey, C.L., Jones, C.M., Shield, I., Gallagher, J.A., Donnison, I.S., Clifton-Brown, J.C. 2015. Seasonal Carbohydrate Dynamics and Climatic Regulation of Senescence in the Perennial Grass, Miscanthus. Bioenergy Research 8 (1) pp. 28-41. 10.1007/s12155-014-9500-2 Cadair


Chew, Y.H., Wenden, B., Flis, A., Mengin, V., Taylor, J., Davey, C.L., Tindal, C., Thomas, H., Ougham, H.J., De Reffye, P., Stitt, M., Williams, M., Muetzelfeldt, R., Halliday, K.J., Millar, A.J. 2014. Multiscale digital Arabidopsis predicts individual organ and whole-organism growth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (39) pp. E4127-E4136. 10.1073/pnas.1410238111 Cadair

Clifton-Brown, J.C., Purdy, S.J., Hayes, C.M., Ashman, C.R., Jones, L.E., Farrar, K., Huang, L.S., Gallagher, J.A., Glover, C.M., Hinton Jones, M.E., Jensen, E.F., Loosley, R.M., Maddison, A.L., McCalmont, J.P., Nunn, C., Robson, P.R., Slavov, G.T., Warren, R.D., Webster, R.J., Youell, S.J., Donnison, I.S., Davey, C.L., Jones, C.M., Barraclough, T., Castle, M., Cunniff, J., Cracroft-Eley, W., Greef, J.M., Hastings, A., Harding, G., Lewandowski, I., Meyer, H., Mos, M., Nelson, W., Richter, G., Rodgers, C., Schwarze, K., Squance, M., Swaller, T., Shield, I., Xi, Q., Karp, A., Flavell, R. 2014. Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breeding. International Bioenergy Conference 2014. Cadair


Clifton-Brown, J.C., Robson, P.R., Davey, C.L., Farrar, K., Hayes, C.M., Huang, L.S., Jensen, E.F., Jones, L.E., Hinton Jones, M.E., Maddison, A.L., Meyer, H., Norris, J.A., Purdy, S.J., Rodgers, C., Schwarz, K., Salvatore, C., Slavov, G.T., Valentine, J., Webster, R.J., Youell, S.J., Donnison, I.S. 2013. Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergy. In M. C. Saha., H. S. Bhandari., J. H. Bouton. (eds) Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Wiley 10.1002/9781118609477.ch5 Cadair


Davey, H.M., Cross, E.J.M., Davey, C.L., Gkargkas, K., Delneri, D., Hoyle, D.C., Oliver, S.G., Kell, D.B., Griffith, G.W. 2012. Genome-wide analysis of longevity in nutrient-deprived Saccharomyces cerevisiae reveals importance of recycling in maintaining cell viability. Environmental Microbiology 14 (5) pp. 1249-1260. 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02705.x Cadair


Davey, H.M., Davey, C. 2011. Multivariate data analysis methods for the interpretation of microbial flow cytometric data. Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology 124 pp. 183-209. 10.1007/10_2010_80 Cadair Other

Robson, P.R.H., Kelly, R., Jensen, E.F., Giddings, G.D., Leitch, M., Davey, C., Gay, A.P., Jenkins, G., Thomas, H., Donnison, I.S. 2011. A flexible quantitative methodology for the analysis of gene-flow between conventionally bred maize populations using microsatellite markers. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122 (4) pp. 819-829. 10.1007/s00122-010-1489-0 Cadair

Millar, A.J., Tindau, C., beaton, M., Davey, C., Ougham, H., Muetzelfeldt, R., Pohilko, A., Van Ooijen, G., Troein, C., Dixon, L., Corellou, F., Bouget, F.-.Y.Halford, N., Semenov, M. 2011. Linking models in the PlaSMo portal and modelling the biological clock. Systems approaches to crop improvement. Rothamsted research, Harpende, UK, 14-15 April. Cadair

Robson, P.R., Kelly, R., Jensen, E.F., Davey, C., Gay, A.P., Thomas, H., Donnison, I.S., Leitch, M., Warren, J.M., Giddings, G.D., Jenkins, G. 2011. Factors affecting rates of cross-pollination in maize growing under typical UK conditions RG0124. DEFRA Report 2011 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Cadair


Davey, C., Ougham, H.J., Millar, A., Thomas, H., Tindal, C., Muetzelfeldt, R. 2009. PlasMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologist. Aspects 93: Integrated Agricultural Systems. Association of Applied Biologists Conference on Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measuring. pp. S225-S226. Cadair

Ougham, H.J., Millar, A., Muetzelfeldt, R., Tindal, C., Thomas, H., Davey, C. 2009. PlaSMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologists. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology pp. 225-. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2009.04.562 Cadair

Davey, C., Ougham, H.J., Millar, A., Thomas, H., Tindal, C., Muetzelfeldt, R. 2009. Making crop and plant mathematical models easily accessible to the plant science and systems biology communities. Cadair


Yardley, J.E., Todd, R.W., Nicholson, D.J., Barrett, J., Kell, D.B., Davey, C.L. 2000. Correction of the influence of baseline artefacts and electrode polarisation on dielectric spectra. Bioelectrochemistry 51 (1) pp. 53-65. 10.1016/S0302-4598(99)00069-0 Other Cadair


Davey, C.L., Kell, D.B. 1999. Capacitance measurement of a dielectric medium. Other Cadair


Davey, C.L., Kell, D.B. 1998. The Influence of Electrode Polarisation on Dielectric Spectra, with Special Reference to Capacitive Biomass Measurements. I. Quantifying the Effects on Electrode Polarisation of Factors Likely to Occur During Fermentations. Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics 46 (1) pp. 91-103. 10.1016/S0302-4598(98)00131-7 Cadair

Davey, C.L., Kell, D.B. 1998. The Influence of Electrode Polarisation on Dielectric Spectra, with Special Reference to Capacitive Biomass Measurements. II. Reduction in the Contribution of Electrode Polarisation to Dielectric Spectra Using a Two-Frequency Method. Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics 46 (1) pp. 105-114. 10.1016/S0302-4598(98)00132-9 Other Cadair


Davey, H.M., Davey, C.L., Woodward, A.M., Edmonds, A.N., Lee, A.W., Kell, D.B. 1996. Oscillatory, Stochastic and Chaotic Growth Rate Fluctuations in Permittistatically-Controlled Yeast Cultures. BioSystems 39 (1) pp. 43-61. 10.1016/0303-2647(95)01577-9 Cadair


Davey, C.L., Davey, H.M., Kell, D.B. 1993. Introduction to the dielectric estimation of cellular biomass in real time, with special emphasis on measurements at high volume fractions. Analytica Chimica Acta 279 (1) pp. 155-161. 10.1016/0003-2670(93)85078-X Other Cadair

Davey, C.L. 1993. The Biomass Monitor Source Book. Aber Instruments, Science Park, Aberystwyth Cadair

Davey, C.L. 1993. The Theory of the β -Dielectric Dispersion and its use in the Estimation of Cellular Biomass. Aber Instruments, Science Park, Aberystwyth Cadair