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Our exciting projects range from genomics through bioinformatics and citizen science to evolutionary modeling. We bring together biology, computational science and bioinformatics to make the most of big data and help answer big questions.

We study data from citizen science projects to understand how the ‘crowd’ can be used as a super-intelligent computer.

We develop tools and methods to make the most of high throughput sequence data to study non-reference, non-model organisms

We use mathematical modelling techniques to understand what drives genome size and the dynamics of gene regulation.

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Thor K, Jiang S, Michard E, George J, Scherzer S, Huang S, Dindas J, Derbyshire P, Leitão N, DeFalco TA, Köster P, Hunter K, Kimura S, Gronnier J, Stransfeld L, Kadota Y, Bücherl CA, Charpentier M, Wrzaczek M, MacLean D, Oldroyd GED, Menke FLH, M. Roelfsema MRG, Hedrich R, Feijó J, Zipfel C (2020)

The calcium-permeable channel OSCA1.3 regulates plant stomatal immunity. Nature. 25 August 2020. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2702-1

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Kristianingsih R, MacLean D (2020)

Accurate plant pathogen effector protein classification ab initio with deepredeff, an ensemble of convolutional neural networks. bioRxiv preprint July 09, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.08.193250

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Ding P, Sakai T, Shrestha RK, Perez NM, Guo W, Ngou BPM, He S, Liu C, Feng X, Zhang R, Vandepoele K, MacLean D, Jones JDG (2020)

Chromatin accessibility landscapes activated by cell surface and intracellular immune receptors. bioRxiv preprint June 18, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.17.157040

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Oses-Ruiz M, Martin-Urdiroz M, Soanes DM, Kershaw MJ, Cruz-Mireles N, Valdovinos-Ponce G, Molinari C, Littlejohn GR, Derbyshire P, Menke F, Valent B, Talbot NJ (2020)

A hierarchical transcriptional network controls appressorium-mediated plant infection by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. bioRxiv preprint Feb 06, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.02.05.936203

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