Programme Manager - Darwin Tree of Life
Seanna McTaggart provides project management to Earlham Institute’s research initiatives falling within the Earth BioGenome Project remit, including the Wellcome Trust funded Darwin Tree of Life project and a BBSRC strategic fund.
Seanna completed her PhD as a bench scientist studying molecular evolution at the University of Guelph, Canada. She moved to the University of Edinburgh, Department of Zoology, to study innate immune system evolution in the aquatic model organism Daphnia using population genetic/genomic approaches. During her time at Edinburgh University, she held a NERC funded postdoctoral fellowship, a Wellcome Trust junior fellowship and was a Co-investigator on a NERC grant. During these roles, bioinformatic analyses played an increasingly important role in Seanna’s work.
Prior to joining the Earlham Institute, Seanna worked as the Bioinformatics team leader at the Centre for Diagnostics Development, LifeArc, a research charity. At LifeArc, Seanna was trained in project management and working within a quality system, whilst helping to develop diagnostics in disease areas such as breast cancer, neonatal sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease and tuberculosis.
Fields PD, Obbard DJ, McTaggart SJ, Galimov Y, Little TJ, Ebert D (2018) Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 129:138-148
McTaggart SJ, Hannah T, Bridgett S, Garbutt JS, Kaur G, Boots M (2015) BMC Genomics 16(310)
McTaggart SJ, Cézard T, Garbutt JS, Wilson PJ, Little TJ (2015) BMC Genomics 16(643)
The development of pathogen resistance in Daphnia magna: implications for disease spread in age-structured populations
Garbutt JS, O'Donoghue AJP, McTaggart SJ, Wilson PJ, Little TJ (2014) Journal of Experimental Biology 217:3929-3934
McTaggart SJ, Wilson PJ, Little TJ (2012) Biology Letters 8(6):972-975
McTaggart SJ, Obbard DJ, Conlon C, Little TJ (2012) BMC Evolutionary Biology 12(63)
McTaggart SJ, Conlon C, Colbourne JK, Blaxter ML, Little TJ (2009) BMC Genomics 10(175)
Length Variation in 18S rRNA Expansion Segment 43/e4 of Daphnia obtusa: Ancient or Recurring Polymorphism?
McTaggart SJ, Crease TJ (2009) Journal of Molecular Evolution 69(142)
Nucleotide Polymorphism and Within-Gene Recombination in Daphnia magna and D. pulex, Two Cyclical Parthenogens
Haag CR, McTaggart SJ, Didier A, Little TJ, Charlesworth D (2009) GENETICS 182(1):313-323
An ancient immunity gene duplication in Daphnia magna: RNA expression and sequence analysis of two nitric oxide synthase genes
Labbé P, McTaggart SJ, Little TJ (2009) Developmental & Comparitive Immunology 33(9):1000-1010
The Dscam Homologue of the Crustacean Daphnia Is Diversified by Alternative Splicing Like in Insects
Brites D, McTaggart SJ, Morris K, Anderson J, Thomas K, Colson I, Fabbro T, Little T, Ebert D, Du Pasquier L (2008) Molecular Biology and Evolution 25(7):1429-1439
McTaggart SJ, Dudycha JL, Omilian A, Crease TJ (2007) GENETICS 175(1):311-320
McTaggart SJ, Crease TJ (2005) Molecular Biology and Evolution 22(5):1309-1319