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Gareth Linsmith

Postdoctoral Scientist

Gareth Linsmith


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Gareth Linsmith

I started in EI’s Core Bioinformatics Group in January 2019. I work on building production-quality bioinformatics analysis pipelines and tools to add to the service portfolio of the group, as well as running secondary analyses for customers.

Prior to working in Bioinformatics I worked for various corporates (Macrovision, Scottish and Southern Energy) as a programmer. I did my Msc in Applied Bioinformatics at Cranfield University UK and then a PhD at the University of Ghent Belgium (in collaboration with Fondazione Mach, Italy).

My PhD was on the assembly and comparative genomics of the apple and pear genomes. Along the way I have worked as a bioinformatician in industry, firstly for Advanced Agricultural Resources in Kuala Lumpur and more recently at Aphea.Bio, a start-up company using metagenomics to screen for bio-stimulant microorganisms.


Development and validation of the Axiom Apple480K SNP genotyping array

Bianco L, Cestaro A, Linsmith G, et al. The Plant Journal (2016) 86(1):62-74 https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.13145

High-quality de novo assembly of the apple genome and methylome dynamics of early fruit development

Daccord N, Celton JM, Linsmith G, et al. Nature Genetics (2017) 49(7):1099-110 https://doi.org/10.1038/ng.3886

Identification of a leucine-rich repeat receptor-like serine/threonine-protein kinase as a candidate gene for Rvi12 (Vb)-based apple scab resistance

Padmarasu S, Sargent DJ, Patocchi A, Troggio M, Linsmith G, et al. Molecular Breeding (2018) 38:73 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11032-018-0825-y

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