Dr Matthew Hegarty

PhD, PGCTHE

Dr Matthew Hegarty

Senior Lecturer

IBERS

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Teaching

Research

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.

Publications

Fradera-Sola, A, Thomas, A, Gasior, D, Harper, J, Hegarty, M, Armstead, I & Fernandez Fuentes, N 2019, 'Differential gene expression and gene ontologies associated with increasing water-stress in leaf and root transcriptomes of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne)' PLoS One, vol. 14, no. 7, e0220518. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220518
Gokul, J, Cameron, K, Irvine-Fynn, T, Cook, J, Hubbard, A, Stibal, M, Hegarty, M, Mur, L & Edwards, A 2019, 'Illuminating the dynamic rare biosphere of the Greenland Ice Sheet's Dark Zone' FEMS Microbiology Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz177
Harper, J, de Vega, J, Swain, S, Heavens, D, Gasior, D, Thomas, A, Evans, C, Lovatt, A, Lister, S, Thorogood, D, Skot, L, Hegarty, M, Blackmore, T, Kudrna, D, Byrne, S, Asp, T, Powell, W, Fernandez-Fuentes, N & Armstead, I 2019, 'Integrating a newly developed BAC-based physical mapping resource for Lolium perenne with a genome-wide association study across a L. perenne European ecotype collection identified genomic contexts associated with agriculturally important traits' Annals of Botany, vol. 123, no. 6, mcy230, pp. 977-992. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcy230
Blanco‐Pastor, JL, Manel, S, Barre, P, Roschanski, AM, Willner, E, Dehmer, KJ, Hegarty, M, Muylle, H, Ruttink, T, Roldán-Ruiz, I, Ledauphin, T, Escobar-Gutiérrez, A & Sampoux, J-P 2019, 'Pleistocene climate changes, and not agricultural spread, accounts for range expansion and admixture in the dominant grassland species Lolium perenne L.' Journal of Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13587
Potter, C, De Vere, N, Jones, LE, Ford, CR, Hegarty, M, Hodder, KH, Diaz, A & Franklin, E 2019, 'Pollen metabarcoding reveals broad and species-specific resource use by urban bees' PeerJ, vol. 7, e5999. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5999
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