I am a Senior Lecturer in Animal Sciences and have been an academic at Canterbury Christ Church University since September 2014.
I obtained my Ph.D. in Genetics in 2011 at the University of Kent, after which I was a postdoctoral research associate at the same institution from 2011-2014 working in the field of porcine embryology.
Research and knowledge exchange
My research interests include mammalian embryology, with a focus on time lapse imaging and oocyte and embryo vitrification in collaboration with Genea Biomedx. I am also interested in comparative genomic studies in a variety of species.
Teaching and subject expertise
Currently, I teach on the following modules:
Animal Health and Genetics (Level 6) - Module Director
Reproduction and Development (Level 5) - Module Director
Animal Care and Behaviour (Level 5) - Module Director
Anatomy & Physiology (Level 5)
Publications and research outputs
Selected publications are shown below.
Damas, J., O'Connor, R., Farré, M., Lenis, V.P.E., Martell, H.J., Mandawala, A., Fowler, K.E., Joseph, S., Swain, M.T., Griffin, D.K. and Larkin, D.M., (2017). Upgrading short-read animal genome assemblies to chromosome level using comparative genomics and a universal probe set. Genome Research, 27(5), pp.875-884
Mandawala AA, Harvey SC, Roy, TK, Fowler KE. (2016) Time-lapse embryo imaging and morphokinetic profiling: Towards a general characterisation of embryogenesis. Animal Reproduction Science
Mandawala AA, Harvey SC, Roy TK, Fowler KE. (2016) Cryopreservation of animal oocytes and embryos: Current progress and future prospects. Theriogenology.
Fowler KE, Turner K, Fonseka G, Griffin D, Ioannou D. (2016) Multicolour detection of every chromosome as a means of detecting mosiacism and nuclear organisation in human embryonic nuclei. Panminerva Medica.
Griffin DK, Romanov, M, O'Connor R, Fowler KE, Larkin D. (2015) (Avian cytogenetics goes functional) Third report on chicken genes and chromosomes 2015. Cytogenetic and Genome Research.
Romanov MN, Farré M, Lithgow PE, Fowler KE, Skinner BM, O’Connor R, Fonseka G, Backström N, Matsuda Y,Nishida C, Houde P, Jarvis ED, Ellegren H, Burt DW, Larkin DM, Griffin DK. Reconstruction of gross avian genome structure, organization and evolution suggests that the chicken lineage most closely resembles the dinosaur avian ancestor (2014) BMC Genomics.
Fowler KE, Pong-Wong R, Bauer J, Clemente EJ, Reitter CP, NA Affara, Waite S, Walling GA, Griffin DK. Genome wide analysis reveals single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with fatness and putative novel copy number variants in three pig breeds (2013) BMC Genomics.
Multi author manuscript including Fowler KE. Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution (2012) Nature.
Fowler KE, Reitter CP, Walling GA, Griffin DK. Novel approach for deriving genome wide SNP analysis data from archived blood spots (2012) BMC Research Notes.