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.


Genetic relationships between spring emergence, canopy phenology and biomass yield increase the accuracy of genomic prediction in MiscanthusDavey, C., Robson, P., Hawkins, S., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I. & Slavov, G. 2017 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.68, 18, p. 5093-5102
Radiation capture and conversion efficiencies of Miscanthus sacchariflorus, M. sinensis and their naturally occurring hybrid M. × giganteusDavey, C., Jones, L., Squance, M., Purdy, S., Maddison, A., Cunniff, J., Donnison, I. & Clifton-Brown, J. 2017 In : GCB Bioenergy.9, 2, p. 385-39915 p.
Selection and Genome-Wide Prediction of Phenology and Biomass Yield in MiscanthusDavey, C., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Donnison, I. & Slavov, G. 2016 1 p.
Seasonal Carbohydrate Dynamics and Climatic Regulation of Senescence in the Perennial Grass, MiscanthusPurdy, 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 In : Bioenergy Research.8, 1, p. 28-4114 p.
Multiscale digital Arabidopsis predicts individual organ and whole-organism growthChew, 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 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.111, 39, p. E4127-E4136
Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breedingClifton-Brown, J. C., Purdy, S. J., Hayes, C. M., Ashman, C. R., Jones, L. E., Farrar, K., Huang, L. S-F., 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-U., Squance, M., Swaller, T., Shield, I., Xi, Q., Karp, A. & Flavell, R. 2014
Breeding Miscanthus for bioenergyClifton-Brown, J. C., Robson, P. R., Davey, C. L., Farrar, K., Hayes, C. M., Huang, L. S-F., 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-U., Salvatore, C., Slavov, G. T., Valentine, J., Webster, R. J., Youell, S. J. & Donnison, I. S. 2013 Biomass Crops: Breeding and Genetics. Saha, M. C., Bhandari, H. S. & Bouton, J. H. (eds.). Wiley
Genome-wide analysis of longevity in nutrient-deprived Saccharomyces cerevisiae reveals importance of recycling in maintaining cell viabilityDavey, 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 In : Environmental Microbiology.14, 5, p. 1249-126012 p.
Multivariate data analysis methods for the interpretation of microbial flow cytometric data.Davey, H. M. & Davey, C. 2011 In : Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology.124, p. 183-20927 p.
A flexible quantitative methodology for the analysis of gene-flow between conventionally bred maize populations using microsatellite markersRobson, 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 In : Theoretical and Applied Genetics.122, 4, p. 819-82911 p.
Linking models in the PlaSMo portal and modelling the biological clockMillar, 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. (ed.) & Semenov, M. (ed.) 2011 p. pp77-782 p.
Factors affecting rates of cross-pollination in maize growing under typical UK conditions RG0124Robson, 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 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Report 2011)
PlasMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologistDavey, C., Ougham, H. J., Millar, A., Thomas, H., Tindal, C. & Muetzelfeldt, R. 2009 Aspects 93: Integrated Agricultural Systems.p. S225-S226
PlaSMo: Making existing plant and crop mathematical models available to plant systems biologistsOugham, H. J., Millar, A., Muetzelfeldt, R., Tindal, C., Thomas, H. & Davey, C. 2009 In : Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology.p. 225-
Making crop and plant mathematical models easily accessible to the plant science and systems biology communitiesDavey, C., Ougham, H. J., Millar, A., Thomas, H., Tindal, C. & Muetzelfeldt, R. 2009
Correction of the influence of baseline artefacts and electrode polarisation on dielectric spectraYardley, J. E., Todd, R. W., Nicholson, D. J., Barrett, J., Kell, D. B. & Davey, C. L. 2000 In : Bioelectrochemistry.51, 1, p. 53-6513 p.
Capacitance measurement of a dielectric mediumDavey, C. L. & Kell, D. B. 1999 G01R27/26
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 FermentationsDavey, C. L. & Kell, D. B. 1998 In : Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics.46, 1, p. 91-10313 p.
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 MethodDavey, C. L. & Kell, D. B. 1998 In : Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics.46, 1, p. 105-11410 p.
Oscillatory, Stochastic and Chaotic Growth Rate Fluctuations in Permittistatically-Controlled Yeast CulturesDavey, H. M., Davey, C. L., Woodward, A. M., Edmonds, A. N., Lee, A. W. & Kell, D. B. 1996 In : BioSystems.39, 1, p. 43-6119 p.
Introduction to the dielectric estimation of cellular biomass in real time, with special emphasis on measurements at high volume fractionsDavey, C. L., Davey, H. M. & Kell, D. B. 1993 In : Analytica Chimica Acta.279, 1, p. 155-1617 p.
The Biomass Monitor Source BookDavey, C. L. 1993 Science Park, Aberystwyth: Aber Instruments.
The Theory of the β -Dielectric Dispersion and its use in the Estimation of Cellular BiomassDavey, C. L. 1993 Science Park, Aberystwyth: Aber Instruments.