Professor Roger Anderson
School of Biosciences
Professor of Genetics
+44 114 222 6212
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School of Biosciences
- 2012 - present: Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield
- 2002 - 2015: Director of Studies and Deputy Head, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield
- 2000 - 2012: Senior Lecturer, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield
- 1989 - 2000: Lecturer, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield
- 1980 - 1989: Lecturer, Department of Genetics, University of Sheffield
- 1978 - 1980: E.P. Abraham Junior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford
- 1976 - 1978: SRC/NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1973 - 1976: PhD, Department of Genetics, University of Leicester
- Research interests
Although I am no longer active in research, I published more than twenty papers on the developmental genetics of the slime mould Physarum polycephalum.
This organism shows a remarkable alternation in its life cycle between microscopic, uninucleate amoebae and giant, multinucleate cells called plasmodia. We showed that its mating type system is extraordinarily complex, involving three multiallelic, genetically unlinked incompatibility loci that independently regulate different aspects of mating between amoebae.
We also identified and studied a number of other genes involved in the development of amoebae into plasmodia. The genome of Physarum has features making it remarkably difficult to sequence, but in 2015 I was one of the authors of the paper that finally reported the achievement of this milestone.
From 2002 to 2015 I had overall responsibility for teaching in MBB, and I continue to play a wider role in the University through membership of various Faculty and University committees.
As Director of Studies in MBB, my aim was to help staff to maintain the Department's reputation for excellent, research-led teaching and support for students.
We consistently scored well in the National Student Survey, and received highly positive external reviews in 2008 and 2013. In 2012, our MBiolSci Biochemistry degree was one of the first degrees to receive accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology, and accreditation of our eleven other MBiolSci degrees followed in 2014.
In my own teaching, I try to challenge students to understand genetics as a set of intellectual and experimental tools as well as a body of knowledge. I am coordinator of the following modules: MBB162 Genetics; MBB262 Genetics 2; MBB339 Evolutionary Genetics; and MBB363 Genetics Data Handling.
In 2011, MBB students awarded me the MBB Teaching Prize, and in 2012 I received a Senate Award Fellowship for Sustained Excellence in Learning and Teaching. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2013.
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- ThePhysarum polycephalumGenome Reveals Extensive Use of Prokaryotic Two-Component and Metazoan-Type Tyrosine Kinase Signaling. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8(1), 109-125. View this article in WRRO
- Big bacteria pass through very small holes.. Med Hypotheses, 58(6), 558-560.
- Identification of three genes expressed primarily during development in Physarum polycephalum. ARCH MICROBIOL, 172(6), 364-376.
- G1-phase arrest is not a prerequisite for encystment in Physarum.. Exp Cell Res, 236(1), 351-354.
- CHARACTERIZATION OF NPF MUTANTS IDENTIFYING DEVELOPMENTAL GENES IN PHYSARUM. MICROBIOL-UK, 141, 799-816.
- A DEVELOPMENTAL MUTATION (NPFL1) RESULTING IN CELL-DEATH IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 138, 2575-2588.
- CELLULAR EVENTS DURING SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT FROM AMEBA TO PLASMODIUM IN THE SLIME-MOLD PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 136, 739-751.
- GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND GENETIC-CHARACTERISTICS OF PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM AMEBAS ABLE TO GROW IN LIQUID, AXENIC MEDIUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 135, 1567-1588.
- REGULATION OF DEVELOPMENT BY THE MATA COMPLEX LOCUS IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 135, 1347-1359.
- MATING AND DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. BIOL CHEM H-S, 369(10), 1080-1080.
- STRAINS OF PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM AMEBAS ABLE TO GROW IN LIQUID, AXENIC MEDIA - GENETIC AND TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS. BIOL CHEM H-S, 369(10), 1088-1088.
- POLYMORPHISM AND UNIPARENTAL INHERITANCE OF MITOCHONDRIAL-DNA IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 133, 3175-3182.
- EXPRESSION OF CELL-TYPE-SPECIFIC MESSENGER-RNAS IN DEVELOPMENTAL MUTANTS OF PHYSARUM. BIOCHEM SOC T, 15(5), 844-845.
- A 3RD MULTIALLELIC MATING-TYPE LOCUS IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 133, 2539-2546.
- Growth and development in relation to the cell cycle in Physarum polycephalum. Protoplasma, 141(2-3), 101-111.
- THE EFFECT OF PLOIDY ON THE STABILITY OF PLASMODIAL HETEROKARYONS IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 131(MAY), 1167-1179.
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- Teaching activities
Level 3 Modules
- MBB339 Evolutionary Genetics (Module Coordinator)
- MBB360 Project
- MBB363 Genetics Data Handling (Module Coordinator)
Level 2 Modules
- MBB262 Genetics 2 (Module Coordinator)
- MBB265 Practical Molecular Bioscience 2
Level 1 Modules
- MBB162 Genetics (Module Coordinator)
- MBB165 Practical Molecular Bioscience 1