Professor Roger Anderson

School of Biosciences

Professor of Genetics

r.anderson@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6212

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Professor Roger Anderson
School of Biosciences
Firth Court
Western Bank
Sheffield
S10 2TN
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Career history

  • 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Although I am no longer active in research, I published more than twenty papers on the developmental genetics of the slime mould Physarum polycephalum.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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Journal articles

  • Schaap P, Barrantes I, Minx P, Sasaki N, Anderson RW, Bénard M, Biggar KK, Buchler NE, Bundschuh R, Chen X , Fronick C et al (2016) 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 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wainwright M, Al Talhi A, Gilmour DJ, Anderson RW & Killham K (2002) Big bacteria pass through very small holes.. Med Hypotheses, 58(6), 558-560. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bailey J, Cook LJ, Kilmer-Barber R, Swanston E, Solnica-Krezel L, Lohman K, Dove WF, Dee J & Anderson RW (1999) Identification of three genes expressed primarily during development in Physarum polycephalum. ARCH MICROBIOL, 172(6), 364-376. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Anderson RW, Dee J & Foxon JL (1997) G1-phase arrest is not a prerequisite for encystment in Physarum.. Exp Cell Res, 236(1), 351-354. RIS download Bibtex download
  • SOLNICAKREZEL L, BAILEY J, GRUER DP, PRICE JM, DOVE WF, DEE J & ANDERSON RW (1995) CHARACTERIZATION OF NPF MUTANTS IDENTIFYING DEVELOPMENTAL GENES IN PHYSARUM. MICROBIOL-UK, 141, 799-816. RIS download Bibtex download
  • BAILEY J, SOLNICAKREZEL L, ANDERSON RW & DEE J (1992) A DEVELOPMENTAL MUTATION (NPFL1) RESULTING IN CELL-DEATH IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 138, 2575-2588. RIS download Bibtex download
  • BAILEY J, ANDERSON RW & DEE J (1990) CELLULAR EVENTS DURING SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT FROM AMEBA TO PLASMODIUM IN THE SLIME-MOLD PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 136, 739-751. RIS download Bibtex download
  • DEE J, FOXON JL & ANDERSON RW (1989) GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT AND GENETIC-CHARACTERISTICS OF PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM AMEBAS ABLE TO GROW IN LIQUID, AXENIC MEDIUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 135, 1567-1588. RIS download Bibtex download
  • ANDERSON RW, HUTCHINS G, GRAY A, PRICE J & ANDERSON SE (1989) REGULATION OF DEVELOPMENT BY THE MATA COMPLEX LOCUS IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 135, 1347-1359. RIS download Bibtex download
  • BAILEY JA, ANDERSON RW & DEE J (1988) MATING AND DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. BIOL CHEM H-S, 369(10), 1080-1080. RIS download Bibtex download
  • DEE J, FOXON JL & ANDERSON RW (1988) STRAINS OF PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM AMEBAS ABLE TO GROW IN LIQUID, AXENIC MEDIA - GENETIC AND TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS. BIOL CHEM H-S, 369(10), 1088-1088. RIS download Bibtex download
  • KAWANO S, ANDERSON RW, NANBA T & KUROIWA T (1987) POLYMORPHISM AND UNIPARENTAL INHERITANCE OF MITOCHONDRIAL-DNA IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 133, 3175-3182. RIS download Bibtex download
  • ANDERSON RW, BAILEY JA, SWEENEY GE & TURNOCK G (1987) EXPRESSION OF CELL-TYPE-SPECIFIC MESSENGER-RNAS IN DEVELOPMENTAL MUTANTS OF PHYSARUM. BIOCHEM SOC T, 15(5), 844-845. RIS download Bibtex download
  • KAWANO S, KUROIWA T & ANDERSON RW (1987) A 3RD MULTIALLELIC MATING-TYPE LOCUS IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 133, 2539-2546. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bailey J, Anderson RW & Dee J (1987) Growth and development in relation to the cell cycle in Physarum polycephalum. Protoplasma, 141(2-3), 101-111. RIS download Bibtex download
  • DEE J & ANDERSON RW (1985) THE EFFECT OF PLOIDY ON THE STABILITY OF PLASMODIAL HETEROKARYONS IN PHYSARUM-POLYCEPHALUM. J GEN MICROBIOL, 131(MAY), 1167-1179. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • BAILEY J, SOLNICAKREZEL L, LOHMAN K, DEE J, ANDERSON RW & DOVE WF (1992) CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR ANALYSIS OF PLASMODIUM DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSARUM. CELL BIOLOGY INTERNATIONAL REPORTS, Vol. 16(11) (pp 1083-1090) RIS download Bibtex download
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