Paul Kersey

Deputy Director of Science (Bioinformatics and Genomics)


Job title: 
Deputy Director of Science (Bioinformatics and Genomics)


As Deputy Director of Science with responsibility for bioinformatics, my role is to catalyse, accelerate and coordinate the increasing number of projects undertaken at Kew with a genomics and/or bioinformatic focus. Recent advances in sequencing technology offer us the opportunity to calatologue, understand and compare biological diversity, not least that contained within our collections, at a molecular level on an unprecedented scale, but bring challenges in data management, analysis and dissemination. Prior to arriving at Kew, I worked at the European Bioinformatics Institute helping to run some of the world’s largest biological databases, and am active in several genome sequencing and standards development projects.

I am involved in the Plant and Fungal Trees of Life Strategic 2020 Output.


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Msc, Univ. York 1999
  • PhD, Univ. Edinburgh 1995
  • BA (Hons), Univ. Cambridge 1991


Selected publications: 

Rastogi, A., Maheswari, U., Dorrell, R.G., Jimenez Vieira, F.R., Maumus, F., Kustka, A., McCarthy, J., Allen, A.E., Kersey, P., Bowler, C. & Tirichine, L. (2018). Integrative analysis of large scale transcriptome data draws a comprehensive landscape of Phaeodactylum tricornutum genome and evolutionary origin of diatoms. Scientific reports 8 (1): 4834. Available online

Halewood, M., Chiurugwi, T., Sackville Hamilton, R., Kurtz, B., Marden, E., Welch, E., Michiels, F., Mozafari, J., Sabran, M., Patron, N., Kersey, P., Bastow, R., Dorius, S., Dias, S., McCouch, S. & Powell, W. (2018). Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: opportunities and challenges emerging from the science and information technology revolution. New Phytologist 217 (4): 1407–1419.

Clavijo, B.J., Venturini, L., Schudoma, C., Garcia Accinelli, G., Kaithakottil, G., Wright, J., Borrill, P., Kettleborough, G., Heavens, D., Chapman, H., Lipscombe, J., Barker, T., Lu, F.-H., McKenzie, N., Raats, D., Ramirez-Gonzalez, R.H., Coince, A., Peel, N., Percival-Alwyn, L., Duncan, O., Trösch, J., Yu, G., Bolser, D.M., Namaati, G., Kerhornou, A., Spannagl, M., Gundlach, H., Haberer, G., Davey, R.P., Fosker, C., Di Palma, F., Phillips, A., Millar, A.H., Kersey, P.J., Uauy, C., Krasileva, K.V., Swarbreck, D., Bevan, M.W. & Clark, M.D. (2017). An improved assembly and annotation of the allohexaploid wheat genome identifies complete families of agronomic genes and provides genomic evidence for chromosomal translocations. Genome Research 27: 885-896.

Mascher, M., Gundlach, H., Himmelbach, A., Beier, S., Twardziok, S.O., Wicker, T., Radchuk, V., Dockter, C., Hedley, P.E., Russell, J., Bayer, M., Ramsay, L., Liu, H., Haberer, G., Zhang, X.-Q., Zhang, Q., Barrero, R.A., Li, L., Taudien, S., Groth, M., Felder, M., Hastie, A., Šimková, H., Staňková, H., Vrána, J., Chan, S., Muñoz-Amatriaín, M., Ounit, R., Wanamaker, S., Bolser, D., Colmsee, C., Schmutzer, T., Aliyeva-Schnorr, L., Grasso, S., Tanskanen, J., Chailyan, A., Sampath, D., Heavens, D., Clissold, L., Cao, S., Chapman, B., Dai, F., Han, Y., Li, H., Li, X., Lin, C., McCooke, J.K., Tan, C., Wang, P., Wang, S., Yin, S., Zhou, G., Poland, J.A., Bellgard, M.I., Borisjuk, L., Houben, A., Doležel, J., Ayling, S., Lonardi, S., Kersey, P., Langridge, P., Muehlbauer, G.J., Clark, M.D., Caccamo, M., Schulman, A.H., Mayer, K.F.X., Platzer, M., Close, T.J., Scholz, U., Hansson, M., Zhang, G., Braumann, I., Spannagl, M., Li, C., Waugh, R. & Stein, N. (2017). A chromosome conformation capture ordered sequence of the barley genome. Nature 544 (7651): 427

Ćwiek-Kupczyńska, H., Altmann, T., Arend, D., Arnaud, E., Chen, D., Cornut, G., Fiorani, F., Frohmberg, W.,  Junker, A., Klukas, C., Lange, M., Mazurek, C., Nafissi, A., Neveu, P., van Oeveren, J., Pommier, C., Poorter, H., Rocca-Serra, P., Sansone, S.-A., Scholz, U., van Schriek, M., Seren, Ü., Usadel, B., Weise, S., Kersey, P. & Krajewski, P. (2016) Measures for interoperability of phenotypic data: minimum information requirements and formatting. Plant Methods 12 (1): 44.

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