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Howe Lab




  • PhD University of Cambridge 1997



  • Dinoflagellate genetics with particular focus on organelles genomes.
  • Evolution of photosynthetic organisms, especially gain and loss of chloroplasts.



Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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lab phone: +44-1223-765945



  • “Genetic tool development in marine protists: emerging model organisms for experimental cell biology” Faktorova D, Nisbet RER et al. (2020) Nature Methods 17:481-494 
  • “Integrated genomic and transcriptomic analysis of the peridinin dinoflagellate Amphidinium carterae plastid” Dorrell RG, Nisbet RER, Barbrook AC, Rowden SJL, Howe CJ. (2019) Protist 170:358-373
  • “The genetic intractability of Symbiodinium microadriaticum to standard algal transformation methods” Chen JE, Barbrook AC, Cui G, Howe CJ, Aranda M. (2019) PLoS One, 14:e0211936
  • “Breaking up is hard to do: the complexity of the dinoflagellate chloroplast genome” Barbrook AC, Howe CJ, Nisbet RER. (2019) Perspectives in Phycology (2019) 6:31-37 
  • “Assessing Symbiodinium diversity in scleractinian corals via next-generation sequencing-based genotyping of the ITS2 rDNA region” Arif C, Daniels C, Bayer T, Banguera-Hinestroza E, Barbrook A, Howe CJ, LaJeunesse TC, Voolstra CR. (2014) Mol. Ecol. 23:4418-4433 
  • “The chloroplast genome of a Symbiodinium sp. clade C3 isolate” Barbrook AC, Voolstra CR, Howe CJ. (2014) Protist 165:1-13 
  • “Polyuridylylation and processing of transcripts from multiple gene minicircles in chloroplasts of the dinoflagellate Amphidinium carterae” Barbrook AC, Dorrell RG, Burrows J, Plenderleith LJ, Nisbet RER, Howe CJ. (2012) Plant Mol. Biol. 79:347-357