Dr Martin Swain


Dr Martin Swain

Senior Lecturer


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An introduction to Linux and Bioinformatics for PGM1520; Study and Communication Skills, BR12410; Molecular Laboratory Skills, BR12210; Research Methods, Dissertation, and a few lectures to other modules.


I am interested in analysing large biological data sets from a variety of organisms, including plants, animals, parasites and microbes. Some recent and current projects include the sequencing of the tsetse fly and biomphalaria genomes, snake venom transcriptome analyses, methylation in flatworms, microRNAs, whole genome comparisons (of sheep and schistosomes), metagenomics of limpet guts and cryoconite, red clover transcriptomics, and the identification of neuropeptide receptors and functions in arthropods.

My other interests include the development of infrastructure and new software methodolgy for the handling and analysis of large data sets in bioinformatics. This involves high performance computing, technologies for data integration and data mining, and the development of new algorithms to analyse high-throughput sequencing data sets.


Attardo, GM, Abd-Alla, AMM, Acosta-Serrano, A, Allen, JE, Bateta, R, Benoit, JB, Bourtzis, K, Caers, J, Caljon, G, Christensen, MB, Farrow, DW, Friedrich, M, Hua-Van, A, Jennings, EC, Larkin, DM, Lawson, D, Lehane, MJ, Lenis, VP, Lowy-Gallego, E, Macharia, RW, Malacrida, AR, Marco, HG, Masiga, D, Maslen, GL, Matetovici, I, Meisel, RP, Meki, I, Michalkova, V, Miller, WJ, Minx, P, Mireji, PO, Ometto, L, Parker, AG, Rio, R, Rose, C, Rosendale, AJ, Rota-Stabelli, O, Savini, G, Schoofs, L, Scolari, F, Swain, MT, Takáč, P, Tomlinson, C, Tsiamis, G, Van Den Abbeele, J, Vigneron, A, Wang, J, Warren, WC, Waterhouse, RM, Weirauch, MT, Weiss, BL, Wilson, RK, Zhao, X & Aksoy, S 2019, 'Comparative genomic analysis of six Glossina genomes, vectors of African trypanosomes', Genome Biology, vol. 20, 187. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13059-019-1768-2
Morris, A, Robinson, G, Swain, M & Chalmers, RM 2019, 'Direct sequencing of Cryptosporidium in stool samples for public health', Frontiers in Public Health+, vol. 7, 360. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00360
Sengupta, K, Swain, M, Livingstone, P, Whitworth, D & Saha, P 2019, 'Genome Sequencing and Comparative Transcriptomics Provide a Holistic View of 4-Nitrophenol Degradation and Concurrent Fatty Acid Catabolism by Rhodococcus sp. Strain BUPNP1', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 9, 3209. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.03209
Sutton, D, Livingstone, P, Furness, E, Swain, M & Whitworth, D 2019, 'Genome-wide identification of myxobacterial predation genes and demonstration of formaldehyde secretion as a potentially predation-resistant trait of Pseudomonas aeruginosa', Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.02650
Khodygo, V, Mughal, A & Swain, M 2019, 'Homogeneous and heterogeneous populations of active rods in two-dimensional channels', Physical Review E. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.99.022602
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