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.


Whitworth, DE & Swain, MT 2020, 'A survey of non-coding RNAs in the social and predatory myxobacterium Myxococcus xanthus DK1622', Molecular omics, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 492-502. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0mo00068j
Skalska, A, Stritt, C, Wyler, M, Williams, HW, Vickers, M, Han, J, Tuna, M, Savas Tuna, G, Susek, K, Swain, M, Wóycicki, RK, Chaudhary, S, Corke, F, Doonan, JH, Roulin, AC, Hasterok, R & Mur, LAJ 2020, 'Genetic and Methylome Variation in Turkish Brachypodium Distachyon Accessions Differentiate Two Geographically Distinct Subpopulations', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 21, no. 18, 6700. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21186700
Sweet-Jones, J, Yurchenko, AA, Igoshin, AV, Yudin, NS, Swain, MT & Larkin, DM 2020, 'Resequencing and signatures of selection scan in two Siberian native sheep breeds point to candidate genetic variants for adaptation and economically important traits', Animal Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1111/age.13015
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
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