Dr Reinmar HagerMSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

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Overview

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

We seek to understand how genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors interact and contribute to trait variation. We use different model systems ranging from invertebrate to mammalian models (aphids, daphnia, roaches, mouse, rat, human) and plants, and investigate traits from the molecular level (e.g. expression and epigenetic profiles), tissue level (e.g. brain) through to neuroanatomical and behavioural traits in whole organisms.

 

Biography

Postdoctoral Appointments
2018 Senior Lecturer, Manchester
2011 Lecturer, Manchester
2008 NERC Research Fellow, Manchester
2005 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Manchester
2004 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Cambridge

Education
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 Committees
2018 External Assessor, University College Dublin, Ireland
2016-present NERC Panel C and IOF panel member
2012-present NERC Peer Review College
 
Internal Committees and apppointments
2019-present Senior Postgraduate Tutor
2017-present Board of Governors
2017-present Senate
2018-present University Staffing Committee
2008-present General Assembly
2016-2019 School Lead for International Postgraduate Research
2012-2015 Board of Governors
2012-2015 Senate
2014-2015 University Staffing Committee
2011-2016 Postgraduate Tutor
 
Dissemination
Plenaries: 6 international plenaries
Seminars: 32 invited University seminars, 61 conference contributions
Media: research featured in numerous international media, e.g. Der Standard, Der Tagespiegel, Nature, Noorderlicht, Science, Westdeutsche Rundfunk, BBC News
 

Editorial Boards
2018-present  BMC Evolutionary Biology, Associate Editor
2014-2018     BMC Genetics, Associate Editor
2010-2014     Frontiers in Genetics of Complex Traits, Review Editor

Social Responsibility
2014-present  Vice Chair: The Portico Trust Charity, Manchester
2012-present  Director: The Portico Library, Manchester

 

Publications Summary (Peer-reviewed papers)
Total number of papers:           58
First or last author:                 52

 

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

Social responsibility

I am a directory of and vice chair of two charities, The Portico Library and the Portico Library Trust, both based in Manchester.

The Portico Library is a 213-year-old independent subscription library in Manchester City Centre. Still housed in its original Georgian building on Mosley Street, it is now open free to the public six days a week for an eclectic calendar of exhibitions and events, complementing the unique collection of books, archives and illustrations spanning over 450 years. Previously a members’ only institution with associates including John Dalton, Peter Mark Roget, Elizabeth Gaskell, Emmeline Pankhurst, Robert Peel, and Richard Cobden, all visitors can now enjoy a meal or drink in the cafe from Monday to Saturday and participate in diverse outreach and engagement programmes including the prestigious Portico Prize.

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