Dr Dave Ferrier

Dr Dave Ferrier
Reader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute


Research Overview. We aim to understand how the diversity of form in the animal kingdom evolved. The focus of our research is the connection between the evolution of animal genome organisation and development, with a particular concentration on the homeobox-containing genes. The Hox gene cluster is established as a corner-stone of Evolutionary Developmental Biology, but much about the evolution of its organisation and mode of operation remains unknown. Also the Hox cluster is not unique as a homeobox gene cluster controlling animal development, further clusters being the ParaHox and NK clusters, all of which evolved within larger arrays of homeobox genes (the Mega-cluster, Giga-cluster and Super-Hox cluster). We utilize a variety of organisms in our research (including amphioxus, sea squirts, polychaetes and priapulids), chosen from key points in the phylogeny of the animals to enable reconstruction of the ancestral conditions at major nodes in the animal kingdom; the origin of bilaterians, protostomes, deuterostomes, chordates and vertebrates, as well as the origin of the entire animal kingdom. Knowledge of such ancestors is vital in understanding subsequent diversification.

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Light-sheet microscopy with attenuation-compensated propagation-invariant beams Jonathan Nylk, Miguel Preciado, Michael Mazilu, Zhengyi Yang, Frank J Gunn-Moore, Javier Ananda Tello, David Ellard Keith Ferrier, Kishan Dholakia
Science Advances 2018 vol.4
Multimode fibre Martin Plöschner, Vera Kollarova, Zbyněk Dostál, Jonathan Nylk, Thomas Barton-Owen, David Ellard Keith Ferrier, Radim Chmelík, Kishan Dholakia, Tomas Cizmar
Scientific Reports 2015 vol.5
A compact Airy beam light sheet microscope with a tilted cylindrical lens Zhengyi Yang, Martynas Prokopas, Jonathan Nylk, Frank J Gunn-Moore, David Ellard Keith Ferrier, Tom Vettenburg, Kishan Dholakia
Biomedical Optics Express 2014 vol.5 pp.3434-3442


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Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
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