Dr Martin Swain


Dr Martin Swain

Senior Lecturer


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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.

Research Groups

  • Parasitology and Helminth Control


Wititkornkul, B, Hulme, BJ, Tomes, JJ, Allen, NR, Davis, CN, Davey, SD, Cookson, AR, Phillips, HC, Hegarty, MJ, Swain, MT, Brophy, PM, Wonfor, RE & Morphew, RM 2021, 'Evidence of Immune Modulators in the Secretome of the Equine Tapeworm Anoplocephala perfoliata', Pathogens, vol. 10, no. 7, e912. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10070912
Sweet-Jones, J, Lenis, VP, Yurchenko, AA, Yudin, NS, Swain, M & Larkin, DM 2021, 'Genotyping and Whole-Genome Resequencing of Welsh Sheep Breeds Reveal Candidate Genes and Variants for Adaptation to Local Environment and Socioeconomic Traits', Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 12, 612492. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2021.612492
Craven, H, Bonsignore, R, Lenis, V, Santi, N, Berrar, D, Swain, M, Whiteland, H, Casini, A & Hoffmann, K 2021, 'Identifying and validating the presence of Guanine-Quadruplexes (G4) within the blood fluke parasite Schistosoma mansoni', PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, vol. 15, no. 2, e0008770. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008770
Quinn, GA, Abdelhameed, AM, Banat, AM, Alharbi, NK, Baker, LM, Castro, HC, Dyson, PJ, Facey, PD, Cobice, D, Terra, L, Adu, SA, Swain, MT & Banat, IM 2021, 'Streptomyces isolates from the soil of an ancient irish cure site, capable of inhibiting multi-resistant bacteria and yeasts', Applied Sciences (Switzerland), vol. 11, no. 11, e4923. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11114923
Sydney, N, Swain, MT, So, JMT, Hoiczyk, E, Tucker, NP & Whitworth, DE 2021, 'The Genetics of Prey Susceptibility to Myxobacterial Predation: A Review, including an Investigation into Pseudomonas aeruginosa Mutations Affecting Predation by Myxococcus xanthus', Microbial Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1159/000515546
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