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Professor Peter Dearden

Peter Dearden

Director, Genetics Otago
Department of Biochemistry

Peter was trained at Victoria University, PhD at Imperial College, University of London. He then worked in the Wellcome (now Gurdon) institute and the Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge; the Zoology department, University of Western Ontario; and returned to New Zealand and the University of Otago in 2002.

Peter is a researcher in the Laboratory for Evolution and Development, Otago site leader for the National Research Centre for Growth and Development, and Scientific Director of Genetics Otago. Peter's research is centered in Evolution and Development, Epigenetics and Developmental plasticity.

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Teaching

Peter is the course coordinator and teaches in GENE 360 Special Topics in Genetics. He also teaches in GENE 223 Developmental and Applied Genetics, GENE 311 Genetic Analysis of Eukaryotes, GENE 312 Evolutionary Genetics and GENE 411 Current Topics in Genetics

"I work on bees..."

"Insecticides are an enormous problem for bees..."

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Publications

Cridge, A., Harrop, T., Lovegrove, M., Remnant, E., & Dearden, P. (2017). Nutrition and epigenetic change in insects: Evidence and implications. In H. Verlinden (Ed.), Advances in insect physiology (Vol. 53): Insect epigenetics. (pp. 31-54). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.aiip.2017.06.001

Pushparajan, C., Goswami, S. K., McAdam, C. J., Hanton, L. R., Dearden, P. K., Moratti, S. C., & Cridge, A. G. (2017). A mechanically strengthened polyacrylamide gel matrix fully compatible with electrophoresis of proteins and nucleic acids. Electrophoresis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/elps.201700303

Cridge, A. G., Lovegrove, M. R., Skelly, J. G., Taylor, S. E., Petersen, G. E. L., Cameron, R. C., & Dearden, P. K. (2017). The honeybee as a model insect for developmental genetics. Genesis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/dvg.23019

Wu, C., Jordan, M. D., Newcomb, R. D., Gemmell, N. J., Bank, S., Meusemann, K., Dearden, P. K., … Buckley, T. R. (2017). Analysis of the genome of the New Zealand giant collembolan (Holacanthella duospinosa) sheds light on hexapod evolution. BMC Genomics, 18, 795. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-4197-1

McAdam, C. J., Goswami, S. K., Moratti, S. C., Hanton, L. R., Cridge, A. G., Pushparajan, C., & Dearden, P. K. (2017). Toughening gels for biomedical applications. Proceedings of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Centenary Congress. (pp. 674). Retrieved from http://www.racicongress.com/

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Cridge, A., Harrop, T., Lovegrove, M., Remnant, E., & Dearden, P. (2017). Nutrition and epigenetic change in insects: Evidence and implications. In H. Verlinden (Ed.), Advances in insect physiology (Vol. 53): Insect epigenetics. (pp. 31-54). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/bs.aiip.2017.06.001

Osborne, A. J., Duncan, E. J., Cridge, A. G., & Dearden, P. K. (2014). Epigenetics and the maternal germline. In T. Tollefsbol (Ed.), Transgenerational epigenetics: Evidence and debate. (pp. 27-41). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-405944-3.00004-0

Dearden, P. K., Duncan, E. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2010). The honeybee Apis mellifera. In Emerging model organisms: A laboratory manual (Vol. 2). (pp. 223-246). Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Pushparajan, C., Goswami, S. K., McAdam, C. J., Hanton, L. R., Dearden, P. K., Moratti, S. C., & Cridge, A. G. (2017). A mechanically strengthened polyacrylamide gel matrix fully compatible with electrophoresis of proteins and nucleic acids. Electrophoresis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/elps.201700303

Wu, C., Jordan, M. D., Newcomb, R. D., Gemmell, N. J., Bank, S., Meusemann, K., Dearden, P. K., … Buckley, T. R. (2017). Analysis of the genome of the New Zealand giant collembolan (Holacanthella duospinosa) sheds light on hexapod evolution. BMC Genomics, 18, 795. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-4197-1

Cridge, A. G., Lovegrove, M. R., Skelly, J. G., Taylor, S. E., Petersen, G. E. L., Cameron, R. C., & Dearden, P. K. (2017). The honeybee as a model insect for developmental genetics. Genesis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/dvg.23019

Cridge, A. G., Dearden, P. K., & Brownfield, L. R. (2016). Convergent occurrence of the developmental hourglass in plant and animal embryogenesis? Annals of Botany, 117(5), 833-843. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcw024

Duncan, E. J., Hyink, O., & Dearden, P. K. (2016). Notch signalling mediates reproductive constraint in the adult worker honeybee. Nature Communications, 7, 12427. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12427

Pires, C. V., de Paula Freitas, F. C., Cristino, A. S., Dearden, P. K., & Simões, Z. L. P. (2016). Transcriptome analysis of honeybee (Apis mellifera) haploid and diploid embryos reveals early zygotic transcription during cleavage. PLoS ONE, 11(1), e0146447. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146447

Smith, L. M., Parr-Brownlie, L. C., Duncan, E. J., Black, M. A., Gemmell, N. J., Dearden, P. K., & Reynolds, J. N. J. (2016). Striatal mRNA expression patterns underlying peak dose L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia in the 6-OHDA hemiparkinsonian rat. Neuroscience, 324, 238-251. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.03.012

Paten, A. M., Duncan, E. J., Pain, S. J., Peterson, S. W., Kenyon, P. R., Blair, H. T., & Dearden, P. K. (2015). Functional development of the adult ovine mammary gland: Insights from gene expression profiling. BMC Genomics, 16, 748. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-1947-9

Dearden, P. K. (2015). Origin and evolution of the enhancer of split complex. BMC Genomics, 16, 712. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-1926-1

Sharpe, M. L., Dearden, P. K., Gimenez, G., & Krause, K. L. (2015). Comparative RNA seq analysis of the New Zealand glowworm Arachnocampa luminosa reveals bioluminescence-related genes. BMC Genomics, 16, 825. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-2006-2

Sadd, B. M., Barribeau, S. M., Bloch, G., de Graaf, D. C., Dearden, P., Elsik, C. G., … Cridge, A. G., … Duncan, E., … Irvine, F., … Leask, M., Lockett, G. A., … Nair, A., … Blommaert, J., … Worley, K. C. (2015). The genomes of two key bumblebee species with primitive eusocial organization. Genome Biology, 16, 76. doi: 10.1186/s13059-015-0623-3

Cridge, A. G., Leask, M. P., Duncan, E. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2015). What do studies of insect polyphenisms tell us about nutritionally-triggered epigenomic changes and their consequences? Nutrients, 7(3), 1787-1797. doi: 10.3390/nu7031787

Ellisdon, A. M., Reboul, C. F., Panjikar, S., Huynh, K., Oelling, C. A., Winter, K. L., … Dearden, P. K., … McGowan, S. (2015). Stonefish toxin defines an ancient branch of the perforin-like superfamily. PNAS, 112(50), 15360-15365. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1507622112

Duncan, E. J., Gluckman, P. D., & Dearden, P. K. (2014). Epigenetics, plasticity, and evolution: How do we link epigenetic change to phenotype? Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular & Developmental Evolution, 322(4), 208-220. doi: 10.1002/jez.b.22571

Kenny, N. J., Namigai, E. K. O., Dearden, P. K., Hui, J. H. L., Grande, C., & Shimeld, S. M. (2014). The lophotrochozoan TGF-β signalling cassette: Diversifcation and conservation in a key signalling pathway. International Journal of Developmental Biology, 58(6-8), 533-549. doi: 10.1387/ijdb.140080nk

Wilson, M. J., Kenny, N. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2014). Components of the dorsal-ventral pathway also contribute to anterior-posterior patterning in honeybee embryos (Apis mellifera). EvoDevo, 5, 11. doi: 10.1186/2041-9139-5-11

Chipman, A. D., Ferrier, D. E. K., Brena, C., Qu, J., Hughes, D. S. T., Schröder, R., … Dearden, P. K., … Duncan, E. J., … Richards, S. (2014). The first myriapod genome sequence reveals conservative arthropod gene content and genome organisation in the centipede Strigamia maritima. PLoS Biology, 12(11), e1002005. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002005

Paten, A. M., Paine, S.-J., Peterson, S. W., Blair, H. T., Kenyon, P. R., Dearden, P. K., & Duncan, E. J. (2014). Identification of reference genes for RT-qPCR in ovine mammary tissue during late-pregnancy, lactation and in response to maternal nutritional programming. Physiological Genomics, 46, 560-570. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00030.2014

Dearden, P. K. (2014). Expression pattern of empty-spiracles, a conserved head-patterning gene, in honeybee (Apis mellifera) embryos. Gene Expression Patterns, 15(2), 142-148. doi: 10.1016/j.gep.2014.06.003

Cameron, R. C., Duncan, E. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2013). Biased gene expression in early honeybee larval development. BMC Genomics, 14, 903. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-14-903

Hyink, O., Laas, F., & Dearden, P. K. (2013). Genetic tests for alleles of complementary-sex-determiner to support honeybee breeding programmes. Apidologie, 44(3), 306-313. doi: 10.1007/s13592-012-0181-6

Cameron, R. C., Duncan, E. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2013). Stable reference genes for the measurement of transcript abundance during larval caste development in the honeybee. Apidologie, 44(4), 357-366. doi: 10.1007/s13592-012-0187-0

Duncan, E. J., Benton, M. A., & Dearden, P. K. (2013). Canonical terminal patterning is an evolutionary novelty. Developmental Biology, 377, 245-261. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.02.010

Wilson, M. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2013). RNA localization in the honeybee (Apis mellifera) oocyte reveals insights about the evolution of RNA localization mechanisms. Developmental Biology, 375(2), 193-201. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.01.001

Duncan, E. J., Leask, M. P., & Dearden, P. K. (2013). The pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) genome encodes two divergent early developmental programs. Developmental Biology, 377, 262-274. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2013.01.036

Kenny, N. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2013). NMDA receptor expression and C terminus structure in the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis and long-term potentiation across the Metazoa. Invertebrate Neuroscience, 13, 125-134. doi: 10.1007/s10158-013-0154-0

Zondag, L., Dearden, P. K., & Wilson, M. J. (2012). Deep sequencing and expression of microRNAs from early honeybee (Apis mellifera) embryos reveals a role in regulating early embryonic patterning. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12, 211. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-12-211

Wilson, M. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2012). Pair-rule gene orthologues have unexpected maternal roles in the honeybee (Apis mellifera). PLoS ONE, 7(9), e46490. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046490

Chua, J. P. S., Wallace, E. J. S., Yardley, J. A., Duncan, E. J., Dearden, P. K., & Summerfield, T. C. (2012). Gene expression indicates a zone of heterocyst differentiation within the thallus of the cyanolichen Pseudocyphellaria crocata. New Phytologist, 196(3), 862-872. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04272.x

Wilson, M. J., Abbott, H., & Dearden, P. K. (2011). The evolution of oocyte patterning in insects: Multiple cell-signaling pathways are active during honeybee oogenesis and are likely to play a role in axis patterning. Evolution & Development, 13(2), 127-137. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-142X.2011.00463.x

Wilson, M. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2011). Diversity in insect axis formation: Two orthodenticle genes and hunchback act in anterior patterning and influence dorsoventral organization in the honeybee (Apis mellifera). Development, 138(16), 3497-3507. doi: 10.1242/dev.067926

Duncan, E. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2010). Evolution of a genomic regulatory domain: The role of gene co-option and gene duplication in the enhancer of split complex. Genome Research, 20, 917-928. doi: 10.1101/gr.104794.109

The International Aphid Genomics Consortium, including Smith, J., Wilson, M., Dearden, P., & Duncan, E. J. (2010). Genome sequence of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. PLoS Biology, 8(2), e1000313. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000313

Shigenobu, S., Bickel, R. D., Brisson, J. A., Butts, T., Chang, C.-C., Christiaens, O., … Duncan, E. J., … Smith, J., … Wilson, M. J., Dearden, P. K., & Stern, D. L. (2010). Comprehensive survey of developmental genes in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum: Frequent lineage-specific duplications and losses of developmental genes. Insect Molecular Biology, 19(Suppl. 2), 47-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2583.2009.00944.x

Wilson, M. J., Havler, M., & Dearden, P. K. (2010). Giant, Krüppel, and caudal act as gap genes with extensive roles in patterning the honeybee embryo. Developmental Biology, 339(1), 200-211. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2009.12.015

Wilson, M. J., McKelvey, B. H., van der Heide, S., & Dearden, P. K. (2010). Notch signaling does not regulate segmentation in the honeybee, Apis mellifera. Development Genes & Evolution, 220(7-8), 179-190. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2010.02100.x

Smith, J. M., Cridge, A. G., & Dearden, P. K. (2010). Germ cell specification and ovary structure in the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis. EvoDevo, 1, 5. doi: 10.1186/2041-9139-1-5

Dearden, P. K., Duncan, E. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2009). Fixation and storage of honeybee (Apis mellifera) tissues. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4(6). doi: 10.1101/pdb.prot5224

Dearden, P. K., Duncan, E. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2009). The honeybee Apis mellifera. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4(6). doi: 10.1101/pdb.emo123

Dearden, P. K., Duncan, E. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2009). Immunohistochemistry on honeybee (Apis mellifera) embryos. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4(6). doi: 10.1101/pdb.prot5227

Wilson, M. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2009). Tailless patterning functions are conserved in the honeybee even in the absence of Torso signaling. Developmental Biology, 335(1), 276-287. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2009.09.002

Dearden, P. K., Duncan, E. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2009). Whole-mount in situ hybridization of honeybee (Apis mellifera) tissues. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4(6). doi: 10.1101/pdb.prot5225

Dearden, P. K., Duncan, E. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2009). Rna interference (RNAi) in honeybee (Apis mellifera) embryos. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4(6). doi: 10.1101/pdb.prot5228

Dearden, P. K., Duncan, E. J., & Wilson, M. J. (2009). In situ hybridization of sectioned honeybee (Apis mellifera) tissues. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, 4(6). doi: 10.1101/pdb.prot5226

Specht, D., Wu, S.-b., Turner, P., Dearden, P., Koentgen, F., Wolfrum, U., Maw, M., … tom Dieck, S. (2009). Effects of presynaptic mutations on a postsynaptic Cacna1s calcium channel colocalized with mGluR6 at mouse photoreceptor ribbon synapses. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 50(2), 505-515. doi: 10.1167/iovs.08-2758

Duncan, E. J., Wilson, M. J., Smith, J. M., & Dearden, P. K. (2008). Evolutionary origin and genomic organisation of runt-domain containing genes in arthropods. BMC Genomics, 9, 588. doi: 10.1186/1471-2164-9-558

Wilson, M. J., & Dearden, P. K. (2008). Evolution of the insect Sox genes. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8, 120. doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-8-120

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