Dr Reinmar HagerMSc, PhD


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Our research utilizes experimental and bioinformatics approaches to investigate key questions in evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology and complex trait research.

We are interested in the genetic and epigenetic basis of sociality and plasticity, and combine behavioural work in insect and mouse model systems with an analysis of genetic and non-genetic mechanisms using methylation, expression and CRISPR technologies.


Postdoctoral Appointments
2011 Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Postgraduate Tutor, Manchester
2008 NERC Research Fellow, Reinmar Hager, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester
2005 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Manchester
2004 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Cambridge

2004 PhD, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
1999 MSc (Diplom-Biologe), University of Würzburg
1996-1997 Undergraduate studies in biology, University of Edinburgh
1993-1996 Undergraduate studies in economics, psychology, law and biology, Universities of Kassel, Munich and Stuttgart

Awards & Distinctions
2009-2014 DFG Emmy Noether Group Leader, LMU Munich (declined)
2009         World Health Summit, Berlin, invitation
2008-2011 NERC Research Fellowship
2005-2007 DFG Emmy Noether Research Fellowship
2002-2003 Senior Rouse Ball Scholarship, Trinity College

External and Internal Committees
2017 Senate
2016-present NERC Panel C and IOF panel
2012-present Natural Environment Research Council: Peer Review College
2008-present General Assembly
2012-2015 Board of Governors
2012-2015 Senate
2014-2015 University Staffing Committee


Plenaries: 6 international plenaries
Seminars: 33 invited University seminars, 53 conference contributions
Media: research featured in numerous international media, e.g. Der Standard, Der Tagespiegel, Nature, Noorderlicht, Science, Westdeutsche Rundfunk, BBC News

Editorial Boards
2014-present  BMC Genetics, Associate Editor
2010-2014     Frontiers in Genetics of Complex Traits, Review Editor

Non-Academic Roles
2013-present  The Portico Trust Charity: Vice Chairman
2012-present  The Portico Library, Manchester: Main Committee

Publications Summary (Peer-reviewed)
First or last author:  44
Total number:          50
Book: Hager R, Jones CB. 2009. Reproductive Skew. Cambridge UP.

Key Publications

Ashbrook DG, Gini B, Hager R. 2016. Genetic variation in offspring indirectly influences the quality of maternal behaviour in mice. eLife, 10.7554/eLife.11814

Hager R, Lu L, Rosen GD, Williams RW. 2012. Genetic architecture supports mosaic brain evolution and independent brain-body regulation. Nature Communications, 3, 1079.

Nonacs P, Hager R. 2011. The past, present and future of reproductive skew theory and experiments. Biological Reviews, 86, 271-298.

Cheverud JM, Hager R, Roseman C, Fawcett G, Wang B, Wolf JB. 2008. Genomic imprinting effects on adult body composition in mice. PNAS, 105, 4253-4258.

Wolf JB, Cheverud JM, Roseman C, Hager R. 2008. Genome-wide analysis reveals a complex pattern of genomic imprinting in mice. PLoS Genetics, 4, e1000091.

Wolf JB, Hager R. 2006. A maternal-offspring coadaptation theory for the evolution of genomic imprinting. PLoS Biology, 4(12)

Hager R, Johnstone RA. 2003. The genetic basis of family conflict resolution in mice. Nature, 421, 533-535.

Roulin A, Hager R. 2003. Indiscriminate nursing in communal breeders: A role for genomic imprinting. Ecology Letters 6, 165-166

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Student theses

UoM administered thesis: Master of Philosophy

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