Harrison October2020 Name: Dr Mark C Harrison

Status: Postdoc

Email: m.harrison[at]uni-muenster.de

Tel.: +49-(0)251-83-21634

Room: 19


@MarkCHarrison74

Scientific career and education

  • 05/2016 - present: Postdoc at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster
  • 10/2012 - 04/2016: PhD in Evolutionary Biology at University of Leicester, UK with Dr Rob Hammond and Dr Eamonn Mallon. Titel: "The influence of ploidy-specific expression on selection."
    https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/38035
  • 10/2010 - 09/2012: MSc Biology (Biodiversity) at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Master thesis with Prof. Florian Leese, title: "The application of next generation sequencing technology in phylogeography and population genetics: A test case using Antarctic brittle stars."
  • 10/2007 - 10/2010: BSc Biology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany.

Research interests

  • Molecular evolution and patterns of selection
  • Cockroach genomics
  • The evolution of eusociality in insects

Prizes

  • SMBE Young Investigator Award, 2020

Publications

2020

Harrison MC, Chrenyshova AM, Thompson GJ. "No obvious transcriptome-wide signature of indirect selection in termites." Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Accepted

2019

Harrison MC, Mallon EB, Twell D and Hammond RL. "Deleterious mutation accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana pollen genes: a role for a recent relaxation of selection." Genome Biology & Evolution, 2019

2018

Bornberg Bauer E, Harrison MC, Jongepier E."The first cockroach genome and its significance for understanding development and the evolution of insect eusociality" (editorial)
Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B, 2018.

Harrison MC, Arning N, Kremer LPM, ..., Bornberg-Bauer E, ..., Schal C. "Expansions of key protein families in the German cockroach highlight the molecular basis of its remarkable success as a global indoor pest" Journal of Experimental Biology Part B. 2018.

Harrison MC, Jongepier E, Robertson HM, ..., Belles X, Korb J, Bornberg-Bauer E "Hemimetabolous genomes reveal molecular basis of termite eusociality". Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2018.

Price, Jon, Harrison, MC, Hammond, RL, Adams, S, Gutierrez-Marcos, JF, Mallon, EB "Alternative splicing associated with phenotypic plasticity in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris". Molecular Ecology, 2018.

2017

Lopez-Ezquerra A, Harrison MC, Bornberg-Bauer E. "Comparative analysis of lincRNAs in insect species." BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2017.

2015

Harrison MC, Hammond RL, and Mallon EB. "Reproductive workers show queenlike gene expression in an intermediately eusocial insect, the buff‐tailed bumble bee Bombus terrestris." Molecular ecology 24.12 (2015): 3043-3063.

Submitted

Harrison MC, Mallon EB, Hammond RL "Purged haploids - sheltered diploids: ploidy influences selection efficacy in a haplodiploid bee." Submitted

Harrison MC, Jaimes Nino, LM, Almeida Rodrigues M, Flatt T, Oettler J, Bornberg-Bauer E. "Gene co-expression network reveals highly conserved, well-regulated anti-ageing mechanisms in old ant queens." Submitted

He S, Sieksmeyer T, Che Y, Esparza Mora MA, Stiblik P, Banasiak R, Harrison MC, Šobotník J, Wang Z, Johnston PR, McMahon DP. "The evolution of termite immunity correlates with major transitions in sociality." Submitted
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.09.192013v1

Séguret AC, Stolle E, Fleites-Ayil FA, Quezada-Euán JJG, Hartfelder K, Meusemann K, Harrison MC, Soro A, Paxton RJ. Transcriptomic signatures of ageing vary in solitary and social forms of an orchid bee
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.30.228304v1