Dr Dylan Phillips


Dr Dylan Phillips


Department of Life Sciences

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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.

Research Groups

  • Forage Crops


Khatri, K, Patel, J, Adams, JMM, Jones, HD & Phillips, DW 2023, 'Functional genomic and transformation resources for commercially important red macroalgae (Rhodophyta)', Algal Research, vol. 74, 103227. 10.1016/j.algal.2023.103227
Nibau, C, Gonzalo, A, Evans, A, Sweet-Jones, W, Phillips, D & Lloyd, A 2022, 'Meiosis in allopolyploid Arabidopsis suecica', Plant Journal, vol. 111, no. 4, pp. 1110-1122. 10.1111/tpj.15879
Martínez-Fortún, J, Phillips, DW & Jones, HD 2022, 'Natural and artificial sources of genetic variation used in crop breeding: A baseline comparator for genome editing', Frontiers in Genome Editing, vol. 4, 937853. 10.3389/fgeed.2022.937853
Hulme, BJ, Geyer, KK, Forde-Thomas, JE, Padalino, G, Phillips, DW, Ittiprasert, W, Karinshak, SE, Mann, VH, Chalmers, IW, Brindley, PJ, Hokke, CH & Hoffmann, KF 2022, 'Schistosoma mansoni α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase (SmNAGAL) regulates coordinated parasite movement and egg production', PLOS Pathogens, vol. 18, no. 1, e1009828. 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009828
Perally, S, Geyer, KK, Farani, PSG, Chalmers, IW, Fernandez-Fuentes, N, Maskell, DR, Hulme, BJ, Forde-Thomas, J, Phillips, D, Farias, LP, Collins, JJ & Hoffmann, KF 2021, 'Schistosoma mansoni venom allergen-like protein 6 (SmVAL6) maintains tegumental barrier function', International Journal for Parasitology, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 251-261. 10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.09.004
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