Thomas Brabbs

Senior Research Assistant

Thomas Brabbs


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I am a senior research assistant in the Genomics Pipelines Group. I develop methods and workflows for liquid handling automation of genomics and nucleic acid extraction. These have included automating LITE, which is a low-cost genome sequencing technique, and a stand-alone magnetic bead cleanup method. I also provide technical support to other team members when using the liquid handling robots.

Before joining the team, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Anthony Hall’s group at EI developing new methods for hexaploid wheat genomics research and previously to this as a postdoctoral researcher at KeyGene N.V. where I developed a cost-effective DNA methylation screen of large plant populations. I completed a PhD at the University of York where I characterised the role of the Arabidopsis MORC6 in the RNA-directed DNA methylation pathway.


Prospects for the use of biological control agents against Anoplophora in Europe.

Brabbs T1, Collins D, Hérard F, Maspero M, Eyre D.

The stochastic silencing phenotype of Arabidopsis morc6 mutants reveals a role in efficient RNA-directed DNA methylation.

Brabbs TR1, He Z, Hogg K, Kamenski A, Li Y, Paszkiewicz KH, Moore KA, O'Toole P, Graham IA, Jones L.