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Dr Guy Barker


Job Title
Associate Professor
Department
Life Sciences
Phone
+44 2476575135
Research Interests

Guy is Director of the Genomics Resource Centre in the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick.His academic interests include: Comparative genomics and genome organisation including exploring the genes and mechanisms underlying quality and other traits related to health and wellbeing. His other research interests include developing a novel approach for the recovery of bio-energy from ligno-cellulolytic waste, exploring the genes and mechanisms underlying fatty acid quality and utilising diversity within the gene pool to understand gene expression and regulation of biodiversity. He is involved in the ongoing international Brassica Genome Sequencing efforts funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and has further funding in the area of crop science and diet and health also funded by the BBSRC.

Guy is actively involved in science communication and has received awards from both the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Agriculture (Defra) and BBSRC for his public engagement work. He is a Member of the Academic advisory panel of the Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network (CIKTN), Contributor to the Industrial Biotechnology, Innovation and Growth Team (IB-IGT) report and Sciencewise project looking at Public perceptions to Industrial Biotechnology which is continuing through further engagement with the UK department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Forum for the Future.

Guy recently participated in the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party review on new approaches to biofuels.
He closely collaborates with Chemistry, Engineering and WMG in developing alternative products from plant based origins.

Biography

Degrees 1986 BSc Hons, University of Aberdeen 1990 PhD, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Academic Appointments 1990 - 1995 Post Doctoral Researcher Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine 1995 - 2000 Post Doctoral Fellow WTCEID, University of Oxford 2000 - 2003 Research Leader, Horticulture Research International 2003 - Director Genomics Laboratory, University of Warwick Dr Barker is also on the academic steering group of the Chemical Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network,

  • Jenner, Carol E., Barker, Guy C., Walsh, John A., Hoffinger, B., Hammond-Kosack, K., Beaudoin, F., Kanyuka, K.. Exploiting eIF4E-based and associated broad-spectrum recessive resistance to potyviruses in dicots and monocots. 2nd BBSRC Innovation in Crop Science - exploitation of genetics for sustainability initiative grant holders workshop, Cirencester, England, 28-29 Jan 2009, Published in Crop Science Initiative outcomes
  • Coles, Stuart R., Ahmad, Mark, Barker, Guy C., Bugg, Tim, Clark, Andrew J., Collis, Alana, Kirwan, Kerry, 2012. Wealth out of waste. 19th Annual Meeting of the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society - BEPS, Vienna, Austria, 28-30 Sep 2012
  • Ahmad, Mark, Bugg, Tim, Clark, Andrew J., Coles, Stuart R., Collis, Alana, Kirwan, Kerry, Koncsag, Claudia I., Barker, Guy C., Burton, Kerry S., Eastwood, Daniel C., Pink, David, 2010. Wealth out of waste. 3rd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Aug 15-18, 2010
  • Barker, Guy C., Jenner, Carol E., Walsh, John A., 2009. Possible role of Brassica rapa translation initiation factors in broad-spectrum resistance to Turnip mosaic virus. An International Conference: Advances in Plant Virology, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, UK, 1-3 April 2009, Published in Programme for An International Conference: Advances in Plant Virology 2009
  • Kirwan, Kerry, Pink, David, Barker, Guy C., Clark, Andrew J., Coles, Stuart R., Burton, Kerry S., Tucker, Nick, 2009. Wealth out of waste : developing technology to provide global social, economic and environmental acceptance. 5th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Technology, Mauritius, Jan 5-7, 2009, Published in Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
  • Kirwan, Kerry, Coles, Stuart R., Clark, Andrew J., Pink, David, Barker, Guy C., Jacobs, Daniel K., Makenji, Kylash, 2008. A novel approach to developing crop-based products. 3rd International Seminar on Biodegradable Polymers, Valencia, Spain, Mar 3-4, 2008
  • Walsh, John A., Jenner, Carol E., Bambridge, J.M., Rusholme, Rachel L., Hughes, S., Higgins, Erin E., Parkin, I.A.P, Barker, Guy C., Lydiate, Derek J., 2008. Genetic Resistance to Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) in Brassicas. Brassica 2008: 5th ISHS International Symposium on Brassicas and the 16th Crucifer Genetics Workshop, Lillehammer, Norway, 8 - 12 Sept, 2008, Published in Preceedings of the 5th ISHS International Symposium on Brassicas and the 16th Crucifer Genetics Workshop
Title Funder Award start Award end
VeGIN Tender re-costed budget - link with 57218 that contains the original Tender application Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Feb 2018 31 Jan 2023
Genomics-led improvement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability BBSRC 01 Sep 2018 31 Aug 2021
Developing integrated approaches for pest and disease control in horticultural field crops (IAPAD) BBSRC 01 Apr 2015 23 Oct 2019
CASE Studentship under MIBTP - with AHDB (Luca Illing) AHDB (Formerly HDC) 03 Oct 2016 02 Oct 2019
Assesssing the challenges around the variability of nutritional density in vegetables which can impact on food quality and the impact of processing linked to VeGIN 57617 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Sep 2018 31 Mar 2019
Carrots: Further development of artificial inoculation techniques for cavity spot caused by Pythium violae AHDB (Formerly HDC) 01 Aug 2017 30 Sep 2018
Developing genetics and genomics interface to develop strategies for sustainable use of resistance to white rust in oilseed mustard (Brassica juncea) BBSRC 01 Oct 2014 30 Sep 2018
Testing epigenomic approaches to characterise environmental adaptation in crops and related wild species (MLS application for PDRA Sarah Trinder) Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund 01 Jun 2017 31 May 2018
Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) extension 2017 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Apr 2017 31 Mar 2018
BBSRC HAPI Full July 2014 led by Harper Adams - A genetic approach to improving post-harvest quality BBSRC 02 Mar 2015 01 Mar 2018
Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN) Tender - Sep 2014 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 28 Nov 2014 31 Dec 2017
Archaeogenomics of Sorghum domestication and adaptation NERC 06 Jan 2014 05 Jan 2017
Cleaning Land for Wealth EPSRC 01 Jan 2013 01 Aug 2016
Association genetics to identify conserved virulence effectors and targets for durable host resistance in a globally important bacterial pathogen of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund 01 Jun 2015 31 May 2016
Life Science sub-project for 34490 (Cleaning Land for Wealth) EPSRC 01 Jan 2013 31 Dec 2015
Exploiting sources of resistance to turnip yellow virus for deployment in oilseed - CIRC proposal BBSRC 01 Sep 2011 31 Aug 2015
Extension to VeGIN: Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network for leafy and field vegetables CH0101 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Mar 2014 30 Sep 2014
Digital imaging for phenotyping roots crops Technology Strategy Board 01 Sep 2013 31 Aug 2014
Exploiting next generation sequencing to investigate the genetics of parsnip root disease resistance and develop a marker assisted breeding strategy Elsoms Seeds Limited 01 Oct 2012 30 Sep 2013
IF0157 Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN): Leafy vegetables and salads Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Apr 2009 31 Mar 2012
Introgression of broad-spectrum resistance to turnip mosaic virus (Tumv) in to Brassica rapa Syngenta Ltd 01 Jan 2009 31 Dec 2011
Small sample analysis Newly Weds Foods 01 Oct 2011 01 Nov 2011
Dietary Activators of antioxidant response element-linked gene expression for good vascular health BBSRC 01 Oct 2008 30 Sep 2011
Dietary Activators of antioxidant response element-linked gene expression for good vascular health - Subproject BBSRC 01 Oct 2008 30 Sep 2011
Amendment 1 to (IF0157) VeGIN: Pre-breeding research to support sustainable (additional £435k) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Apr 2009 31 Mar 2011
A Trait-led Approach which Exploits Natural Variation in Seed Vigour to Enhance Crop Establishment. BBSRC 01 Jan 2007 31 Dec 2010
Wealth Out Of Waste (WOW) (IMRC) EPSRC 01 Oct 2007 30 Sep 2010
Exploiting eIF4E - based and associated broad spectrum recessive resistance to potyviruses in dicots and monocots. BBSRC 01 Apr 2007 31 Mar 2010
Tender-stem Broccoli Project Coregeo Limited 01 Apr 2009 30 Nov 2009
SANDPIT: Adapting Processing of Natural Feedstocks EPSRC 01 Oct 2007 30 Sep 2009
Sequencing and Exploitation of the Brassica A Genome BBSRC 01 Jan 2007 30 Jun 2009
Adaptive Processing of Natural Feedstocks EPSRC 01 Jul 2007 30 Jun 2009
Towards Identification of Beneficial AllelesControlling Traits for Sustainable Production. SNP Discovery in Brassica Oleracea (IF0152) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Jan 2009 31 Mar 2009
IMRC 65 - Electrospinning of Bionanofibrils from Plant Proteins and Carbohydrate EPSRC 01 Sep 2007 31 Mar 2008
Electrospinning of Bionanofibrils from Plant Proteins and Carbohydrate (IMRC) EPSRC 01 Sep 2007 31 Mar 2008
Climate Change and Biodiversity in Agri-environment Schemes Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Oct 2006 30 Jun 2007
Domestification and Ideotype Breeding of Novel Oilseed Crop B. Albaglabra for Non-Food Uses Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Jan 2007 31 Mar 2007