Dr Matthew Hegarty


Dr Matthew Hegarty

Senior Lecturer

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My research is focused on understanding how changes in the genome or transcriptome of an individual affects its phenotype, and also how genetic diversity affects populations. This research is based in a broad range of biological systems but always with a key theme of identifying genes underpinning physical traits. This is of particular relevance to the plant breeding and animal research programmes at IBERS, where my research brings a genomics aspect to these systems. I have a particular interest in the genetics of hybridisation and polyploidy, as many of the world's major crops are either polyploids or utilise hybrid vigour in their breeding.In addition to my own research interests, which heavily utilise the technology, I also oversee the IBERS Translational Genomics Facility, which supplies access to next-generation DNA sequencing and high-throughput genotyping for projects across IBERS and with collaborative partners.


Pollen metabarcoding reveals broad and species-specific resource use by urban beesPotter, C., De Vere, N., Jones, L. E., Ford, C. R., Hegarty, M., Hodder, K. H., Diaz, A. & Franklin, E. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : PeerJ.
Detecting genetic regions associated with height in the native ponies of the British Isles by using high density SNP genotypingSkujina, I., Winton, C. L., Hegarty, M. J., McMahon, R., Nash, D. M., Davies-Morel, M. C. G. & McEwan, N. R. 2018 In : Genome.61, 10, p. 767-7704 p.
Sequence Variation in Multidrug-Ressitant Plasmid pLUH01, Isolated from Human Nasopharyngeal SwabsAtkinson, K. V., Bishop, L. A., Rhodes, G., Salez, N., McEwan, N., Hegarty, M., Robey, J., Harding, N., Wetherell, S., Lauder, R. M., Pickup, R., Wilkinson, M. & Gatherer, D. 2018 In : Microbiology Resource Announcements.
Identification of Stipules reduced, a leaf morphology gene in pea (Pisum sativum)Moreau, C., Hofer, J. M., Eléouët, M., Sinjushin, A., Ambrose, M., Skøt, K., Blackmore, T., Swain, M., Hegarty, M., Balanza, V., Ferrándiz, C. & Ellis, T. H. N. 2018 In : New Phytologist.
Population structure of red clover ecotypes collected from Europe and AsiaJones, C., de Vega, J., Lloyd, D., Hegarty, M., Ayling, S., Powell, W. & Skot, L. 2018 Breeding Grasses and Protein Crops in the Era of Genomics. Brazauskas, G., Statkevičiūtė, G. & Jonavičienė, K. (eds.). Springer Nature, p. 20-26
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