Dr Dylan Phillips PhD

Dr Dylan Phillips


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I have gained over 10 years of teaching experience and currently lecture about all things genetics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have the pleasure of being the scheme coordinator for the Genetics degree (C400 & C401); and supervise a number of research students undertaking their PhD projects. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Editor for the journal Genome. I am actively involved in the development and delivery of the distance learning schemes that IBERS offers. These courses deliver innovative training modules tailored to the needs of the agri-food industry, ensuring businesses have the resilience required to meet future challenges of climate change and economic pressures.



I completed my PhD at Aberystwyth and have since continued my research which focuses on understanding and manipulating the meiotic DNA repair pathways in a range of key crop species. These complex repair pathways are responsible for generating the genetically diverse populations that plant breeders select their elite lines from. The aim of the research is to enhance the transferred important traits from diverse germplasm into commercial varieties. Genome editing technology has already had a dramatic effect on how research is performed and will undoubtedly revolutionise the way plant breeding is performed. I am involved in the development and implementation of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology in IBERS, and have a keen interest in improving current plant transformation methods.



Colas, I., Macaulay, M., Higgins, J.D., Phillips, D., Barakate, A., Posch, M., Armstrong, S.J., Franklin, F.C.H., Waugh, R., Ramsay, L. 2016. A spontaneous mutation in MutL-Homolog 3 (HvMLH3) affects synapsis and crossover resolution in the barley desynaptic mutant des10. New Phytologist 212 (3) pp. 693-707. 10.1111/nph.14061 Cadair


Phillips, D., Jenkins, G., Macaulay, M., Nibau, C., Wnetrzak, J., Fallding, D.S., Colas, I., Oakey, H., Waugh, R., Ramsay, L. 2015. The effect of temperature on the male and female recombination landscape of barley. New Phytologist 208 (2) pp. 421-429. 10.1111/nph.13548 Cadair


Martin, A.C., Shaw, P., Phillips, D., Reader, S., Moore, G. 2014. Licensing MLH1 sites for crossover during meiosis. Nature Communications 5 4580 10.1038/ncomms5580 Other Cadair

Zheng, T., Nibau, C., Phillips, D.W., Jenkins, G., Armstrong, S.J., Doonan, J.H. 2014. CDKG1 protein kinase is essential for synapsis and male meiosis at high ambient temperature in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111 (6) pp. 2182-2187. 10.1073/pnas.1318460111 Cadair


Phillips, D.W., Wnetrzak, J., Nibau, C.S., Barakate, A., Ramsay, L., Wright, F., Higgins, J.D., Perry, R.M., Jenkins, G. 2013. Quantitative high resolution mapping of HvMLH3 foci in barley pachytene nuclei reveals a strong distal bias and weak interference. Journal of Experimental Botany 64 (8) pp. 2139-2154. 10.1093/jxb/ert079 Cadair


Phillips, D.W., Nibau, C.S., Wnetrzak, J., Jenkins, G. 2012. High Resolution Analysis of Meiotic Chromosome Structure and Behaviour in Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). PLoS One 7 (6) 10.1371/journal.pone.0039539 Other Cadair


Phillips, D., Nibau, C., Wnetrzak, J., Ramsay, L., Jenkins, G. 2011. Assaying pairing and recombination in barley (Hordeum vulgare). 3rd British Meiosis Meeting. Cadair


Wnetrzak, J., Phillips, D., Nibau, C., Fallding, D., Jones, N., Jenkins, G. 2010. Manipulation of meiotic recombination in barley (Hordeum vulgare). PlantMicro-Wales Meeting. Cadair

Phillips, D., Nibau, C., Ramsey, L., Waugh, R., Jenkins, G. 2010. Development of a molecular cytogenetic recombination assay for barley. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 129 (1-3) pp. 154-161. 10.1159/000314335 Cadair


Phillips, D.W., Mikhailova, E., Timofejeva, L., Mitchell, J., Osina, O., Sosnikhina, S.P., Jones, R.N., Jenkins, G. 2008. Dissecting meiosis of rye using translational proteomics. Annals of Botany 101 (6) pp. 873-880. 10.1093/aob/mcm202 Cadair

Jenkins, G., Phillips, D.W., Mikhailova, E., Timofejeva, L., Jones, R.N. 2008. Meiotic genes and proteins in cereals. Cytogenetic and Genome Research 120 (3-4) pp. 291-301. 10.1159/000121078 Cadair


Jenkins, G., Mikhailova, E., Phillips, D., Hasterok, R., Draper, J., Jones, R.N. 2005. Models and meiosis in the ’omics era. In Z. Zwierzykowski., A. Kosmala. (eds) Recent advances in genetics and breeding of the grasses. Polish Academy of Sciences pp. 97-104. Cadair