Staff Profile


Dr Simon Harvey

Director of Life Sciences

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922327

Profile summary

I have been at Canterbury Christ Church University since 2008, having previously worked at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol and at the Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Edinburgh and have a BSc in Zoology from the University of Nottingham. Additionally, I have PGCHE from the University of Bristol.

I am the Director of the Section of Life Sciences and the Faculty Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am a member of the Biomolecular Research Group and my work aims to understand the control of complex traits and their interaction with environmental variation. The aim of this work is to use analyses of specific model species and systems to address both system-specific and wider more general questions.

Current work combines experimental studies in both model (Caenorhabditis elegans and related species) and non-model systems (Steinernema feltiae) and modelling to understand how organisms interact with their environments. On-going research includes:

• The genetics of trade-offs underlying maternal effects.

• Evolution of developmental switching and dispersal in ephemeral habitats.

• Lifespan, stress resistance and the interaction of these with disease.

Teaching and subject expertise

Currently I teach on the following modules.

Foundation: Skills

Level 5: Molecular Biology, Evolution (module director)

Level 6: Introduction to Bioinformatics, Bioinformatics 2

Publications and research outputs

Selected recent publications: 

Mandawala D.A., Harvey S.C., Roy T.K. & Fowler K.E. (2016) Cryopreservation of animal oocytes and embryos: current progress and future prospects. Theriogenology 86(7), 1637-1644. DOI:

Gilabert A., Curran D.M., Harvey S.C. & Wasmuth J.D. (2016) Expanding the view on the evolution of the nematode dauer signalling pathways: refinement through gene gain and pathway co-option. BMC Genomics 17, 476. 

Stastna J.J., Snoek L.B., Kammenga J.E. & Harvey S.C. (2015) Genotype-dependent effects of dietary restriction on lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans. Scientific Reports 5,16259.

McConnell M.T., Lisgarten D.R., Byrne L.J., Harvey S.C. & Bertolo E. (2015) Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) lectin as a cytotoxic effector in the lifecycle of Caenorhabditis elegans. PeerJ 3, e1206.

Green J.W.M., Stastna J.J., Orbidans H.E. & Harvey S.C. (2014) Highly polygenic variation in environmental perception determines dauer larvae formation in growing populations of Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS One, 9(11):e112830. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112830

Snoek L.B., Orbidans H.E., Stastna J.J., Aartse A., Rodriguez M., Riksen J.A.G., Kammenga J.E. & Harvey S.C. (2014) Widespread genomic incompatibilities in Caenorhabditis elegans. G3 (Bethesda), 4:1813-1823.  

Green J.W.M., Snoek L.B., Kammenga J.E., Harvey S.C. (2013) Genetic mapping of variation in dauer larvae development in growing populations of Caenorhabditis elegans. Heredity, 111:306-313. doi:10.1038/hdy.2013.50

Green J.W.M., Harvey S.C. (2012) Development of Caenorhabditis elegans dauer larvae in growing populations. Nematology, 14:165-173.|

Harvey SC, Orbidans HE (2011) All eggs are not equal: the maternal environment affects progeny reproduction and developmental fate in Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS One, 6(10): e25840. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025840




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