As a member of the efficacy team producing regulatory dossiers for Plant Protection Products, Dr. Watson produces overall summaries of efficacy data and provides technical input to key dossier sections. Before joining Exponent, Dr. Watson completed post-graduate studies in biotechnology, specifically plant epigenetics. Dr. Watson has particular expertise in DNA, RNA and protein analysis technologies. He has used RNA interference to modulate gene expression in crops and genome sequencing to define new bacterial strains. Previous projects exploited chemical modifications associated with DNA to introduce variation in plants. These projects were conducted in collaboration with a seed development company in The Netherlands.
CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS
- Ph.D., Plant Genetics, University of Leeds, UK, 2013
- B.Sc., Human Biology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 2009
BASIS Foundation in Agronomy Award, Harper Adams University, UK, 2016
Brocklehurst S, Watson M, Carr IM, Out S, Heidmann I, Meyer P. Induction of epigenetic variation in Arabidopsis by over-expression of DNA METHYLTRANSFERASE1 (MET1) PLoS ONE 13, 2018.
Hollwey E, Out S, Watson MR, Heidmann I, Meyer P. TET3-Mediated Demethylation in Tomato Activates Expression of a CETS Gene that Stimulates Vegetative Growth Plant Direct 1, 2017.
Hollwey E, Watson M, Meyer P. Expression of the C-terminal domain of mammalian TET3 DNA dioxygenase in arabidopsis thaliana induces heritable methylation changes at rDNA loci. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology 2016; 7243-250.
Watson MR, Lin YF, Hollwey E, Dodds RE, Meyer P, McDowall KJ. An improved binary vector and escherichia coli strain for agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated plant transformation. G3 (Bethesda, Md.) 2016; 6 2195-2201.
Watson M, Hawkes E, Meyer P. Transmission of Epi-Alleles with MET1-dependent dense methylation in arabidopsis thaliana. PloS ONE 2014; 9(8): e105338. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105338.
Research Associate, University of Leeds, UK 2013-2015
As a member of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Dr. Watson produced a new derivative of a plant transformation vector and E. coli strain, which will help to ensure the integrity of genes destined for study in plants.
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