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Dr Guy Barker



Associate Professor


Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Tel: +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.


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,

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Nitrogen mobilisation in oilseed rape Date of Completion:2015
  • NGS for crop improvement in parsnips Date of Completion:2016
  • Breeding for field bean for the UK Date of Completion:2017
  • Plant derived products important for health Date of Completion:2009
  • Isolation of novel products from plants
  • Epigenetics in Arabidopsis Date of Completion:2009

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