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Gus McFarlane

Research Associate

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Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, RMIT University
Master in Science, SLU, Swedish Agricultural University
Master in Science, University of Copenhagen

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseCRISPR, Gene drive, Genome editing

My research in a nutshell

I am a Research Associate at The Roslin Institute applying genome editing tools to improve livestock farming and boost conservation efforts. Currently, I am working in Tom Burdon’s group to develop specialised cells that can speed up the creation of vaccines for devastating pig diseases, such as African swine fever.

Biography

Before starting my current role, I undertook my PhD in Bruce Whitelaw’s group at The Roslin Institute. My PhD project designed, modelled and engineered CRISPR-based gene drives in mice to deomonstrate their potential as humane pest management tools. I have also completed a Masters in Animal Science, which included time at University of Copenhagen, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and University of Oxford.

Research activities & awards

  1. A CRISPR-based split gene drive in mice

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. A CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive targeting female reproduction in mice

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Transgenic Research (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

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Research projects

  1. Gene drive to manage the invasive Grey Squirrel in the UK

    Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

  2. Priming rAAV-based cattle genome editing

    Project: University Awarded Project Funding

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Research press coverage

  1. How to halt a CRISPR bioweapon

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

  2. Rats join mosquitoes as targets for ‘gene drive’ pest control

    Press/Media: Project or Organisational News Item

  3. Genetic engineering on rats to use sex as a pest control

    Press/Media: Project or Organisational News Item

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