Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Robbie Rae

Dr Robbie Rae

Telephone: 0151 231 2486

Biography

I currently teach on a range of undergraduate courses including Genes and Genomes, Applications of Genetics in Health and Disease, Genetics and Evolution and Health and Disease.

Degrees

2007, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, PhD Plant and Soil Science
2003, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, MSc Environmental Science
2002, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, BSc (Hons ) Forest Management

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Genetics, Liverpool John Moores University, 2013 - present
Postdoctoral research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (MPG), 2007 - 2013

Publications

Highlighted publications

Morris A, Green M, Martin H, Crossland K, Swaney WT, Williamson S, Rae RG. 2018. A nematode that can manipulate the behaviour of slugs Behavioural Processes, 151 :73-80

Rae R. 2017. The gastropod shell has been co-opted to kill parasitic nematodes SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 >DOI >Link

Journal article

Edmunds C, Post RJ, Wilding CS, Rae R. 2018. A survey investigating the diversity and distribution of entomopathogenic nematodes in the UK and the first confirmed UK record of Steinernema carpocapsae Nematology, 20 :851-858 >DOI >Link

Morris A, Green M, Martin H, Crossland K, Swaney WT, Williamson S, Rae RG. 2018. A nematode that can manipulate the behaviour of slugs Behavioural Processes, 151 :73-80

Carnaghi M, Rae R, Tandingan De Ley I, Johnston E, Kindermann G, Mc Donnell R, O'Hanlon A, Reich I, Sheahan J, Williams CD, Gormally MJ. 2017. Nematode associates and susceptibility of a protected slug (Geomalacus maculosus) to four biocontrol nematodes Biocontrol Science and Technology, :1-6 >DOI

Edmunds C, Wilding CS, Rae R. 2017. Susceptibility of Chironomus plumosus larvae (Diptera: Chironomidae) to entomopathogenic nematodes (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae): potential for control European Journal of Entomology, 114 :526-532

Carnaghi M, Rae R, Tandingan De Ley I, Johnston E, Kindermann G, Mc Donnell R, O'Hanlon A, Reich I, Sheahan J, Williams CD, Gormally MJ. 2017. Nematode associates and susceptibility of a protected slug (Geomalacus maculosus) to four biocontrol nematodes Biocontrol Science and Technology, :1-6 >DOI

Rae R. 2017. The gastropod shell has been co-opted to kill parasitic nematodes SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7 >DOI >Link

Cutler J, Hughes K, Rae RG. 2017. Susceptibility of cockroaches (Gromphadorhina portentosa, Nauphoeta cinerea and Blaptica dubia) exposed to entomopathogenic nematodes Biocontrol Science and Technology, 27 :556-564

Sinha A, Rae R. 2016. Genome-Wide RNAi Screens in C. elegans to Identify Genes Influencing Lifespan and Innate Immunity. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1470 :171-182

Wynne R, Morris A, Rae R. 2016. Behavioural avoidance by slugs and snails of the parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita BIOCONTROL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 26 :1129-1138 >DOI >Link

Williams A, Rae R. 2016. Cepaea nemoralis (Linnaeus, 1758) uses its shell as a defence mechanism to trap and kill parasitic nematodes JOURNAL OF MOLLUSCAN STUDIES, 82 :349-350 >DOI >Link

Whitaker G, Rae R. 2015. The gastropod parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita does not affect non-target freshwater snails Lymnaea stagnalis, Bithynia tentaculata and Planorbarius corneus NEMATOLOGY, 17 :679-683 >DOI >Link

Williams AJ, Rae R. 2015. Susceptibility of the Giant African snail (Achatina fulica) exposed to the gastropod parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita JOURNAL OF INVERTEBRATE PATHOLOGY, 127 :122-126 >DOI >Link

Sinha A, Rae R. 2014. A Functional Genomic Screen for Evolutionarily Conserved Genes Required for Lifespan and Immunity in Germline-Deficient C. elegans PLOS ONE, 9 >DOI >Link

Sinha A, Rae R, Iatsenko I, Sommer RJ. 2012. System wide analysis of the evolution of innate immunity in the nematode model species Caenorhabditis elegans and Pristionchus pacificus. PLoS One, 7 :e44255 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Sinha A, Sommer RJ. 2012. Genome-wide analysis of germline signaling genes regulating longevity and innate immunity in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus. PLoS Pathog, 8 :e1002864 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Witte H, Rödelsperger C, Sommer RJ. 2012. The importance of being regular: Caenorhabditis elegans and Pristionchus pacificus defecation mutants are hypersusceptible to bacterial pathogens. Int J Parasitol, 42 :747-753 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Sommer RJ. 2011. Bugs don't make worms kill Journal of Experimental Biology, 214 :1053 >DOI

Weller AM, Mayer WE, Rae R, Sommer RJ. 2010. Quantitative assessment of the nematode fauna present on Geotrupes dung beetles reveals species-rich communities with a heterogeneous distribution. J Parasitol, 96 :525-531 >DOI >Link

Rae RG, Tourna M, Wilson MJ. 2010. The slug parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita associates with complex and variable bacterial assemblages that do not affect its virulence. J Invertebr Pathol, 104 :222-226 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Iatsenko I, Witte H, Sommer RJ. 2010. A subset of naturally isolated Bacillus strains show extreme virulence to the free-living nematodes Caenorhabditis elegans and Pristionchus pacificus. Environ Microbiol, 12 :3007-3021 >DOI >Link

Rae RG, Robertson JF, Wilson MJ. 2009. Chemoattraction and host preference of the gastropod parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita. J Parasitol, 95 :517-526 >DOI >Link

MacMillan K, Haukeland S, Rae R, Young I, Crawford J, Hapca S, Wilson M. 2009. Dispersal patterns and behaviour of the nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita in mineral soils and organic media Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 41 :1483-1490 >DOI

Rae RG, Robertson JF, Wilson MJ. 2009. Optimization of biological (Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita) and chemical (iron phosphate and metaldehyde) slug control Crop Protection, 28 :765-773 >DOI

Rae RG, Robertson JF, Wilson MJ. 2008. Susceptibility and immune response of Deroceras reticulatum, Milax gagates and Limax pseudoflavus exposed to the slug parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 97 :61-69 >DOI

Rae R, Schlager B, Sommer RJ. 2008. Pristionchus pacificus: A Genetic Model System for the Study of Evolutionary Developmental Biology and the Evolution of Complex Life-History Traits. CSH Protoc, 2008 :pdb.emo102 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Schlager B, Sommer RJ. 2008. Isolation of pristionchus nematodes from beetles. CSH Protoc, 2008 :pdb.prot5063 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Schlager B, Sommer RJ. 2008. Assessment of the olfactory response to chemicals or bacteria in pristionchus nematodes. CSH Protoc, 2008 :pdb.prot5064 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Riebesell M, Dinkelacker I, Wang Q, Herrmann M, Weller AM, Dieterich C, Sommer RJ. 2008. Isolation of naturally associated bacteria of necromenic Pristionchus nematodes and fitness consequences. J Exp Biol, 211 :1927-1936 >DOI >Link

Rae R, Verdun C, Grewal PS, Robertson JF, Wilson MJ. 2007. Biological control of terrestrial molluscs using Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita--progress and prospects. Pest Manag Sci, 63 :1153-1164 >DOI >Link

Rae RG, Andrus P. Development of Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita (and members of the Phasmarhabditis genus) as new genetic model nematodes to study the genetic basis of parasitism Journal of Helminthology,

Rae RG. Shell encapsulation of parasitic nematodes by Arianta arbustorum (Linnaeus, 1758) in the laboratory and in field collections Joural of Molluscan Studies, 84 :92-95 >DOI

Rae RG. Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita – a new model to study the genetic evolution of parasitism Nematology, 19 :375-387 >DOI

Chapters

Sinha A, Rae R. 2015. Bacterial interactions and the innate immune system Nematology Monographs and Perspectives 11 :385-407 9789004260290

Rae RG. 2015. Bacterial interactions of Pristionchus pacificus Pristionchus Pacificus A Nematode Model for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology Brill Academic Publishers 9789004260290

Rae RG. 2015. Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita as a control agent for slugs Nematode Pathogenesis of Insects and Other Pests Ecology and Applied Technologies for Sustainable Plant and Crop Protection Springer 9783319182650

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

The Royal Horticultural Society and LJMU, Investigation into the efficacy of the slug biological control agent Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita, Dr. Chris Williams, Grant value (£): £68706, Duration of research project: 3 years

BASF Agricultural Specialities and LJMU, Investigation into natural genetic variation in virulence in slug parasitic nematodes, Grant value (£): £68706, Duration of research project: 3 years

Wellcome Trust, Biomedical undergraduate summer studentship, Grant value (£): 1600, Duration of research project: 8 weeks

Wellcome Trust, Investigation into a potential nematode biocontrol agent for Biomphalaria glabrata the intermediate snail host for the blood parasite Schistosoma mansoni, Grant value (£): 1600, Duration of research project: 2 months