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.
2018 Senior Lecturer, Manchester
2011 Lecturer, Manchester
2008 NERC Research Fellow, 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
External Committees2018 External Assessor, University College Dublin, Ireland2016-present NERC Panel C and IOF panel member2012-present NERC Peer Review College Internal Committees and apppointments
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
2019-present Senior Postgraduate Tutor2017-present Board of Governors2017-present Senate2018-present University Staffing Committee2008-present General Assembly2016-2019 School Lead for International Postgraduate Research2012-2015 Board of Governors2012-2015 Senate2014-2015 University Staffing Committee2011-2016 Postgraduate Tutor DisseminationPlenaries: 6 international plenariesSeminars: 32 invited University seminars, 57 conference contributionsMedia: research featured in numerous international media, e.g. Der Standard, Der Tagespiegel, Nature, Noorderlicht, Science, Westdeutsche Rundfunk, BBC News
2018-present BMC Evolutionary Biology, Associate Editor
2014-2018 BMC Genetics, Associate Editor
2010-2014 Frontiers in Genetics of Complex Traits, Review Editor
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
Hager R, Jones CB. 2009. Reproductive Skew. Cambridge UP.
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
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.