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Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

BBSRC David Phillips Fellow

Head of Plant-Parasite Interactions Group

Department of Plant Sciences

University of Cambridge


Sebastian Eves-van den Akker leads the plant-parasite interactions group in the Department of Plant Sciences. The overarching theme of our group is to combine genomics and molecular biology to understand fundamental questions in host:parasite biology. We primarily focus on plant-parasitic nematodes because: i) they are a threat to food security in developed and developing countries, and ii) underlying this threat is a wealth of fascinating biology that until very recently has been largely unexplorable. We are always open to sharing ideas and resources to address interesting and/or important questions.

Departments and Institutes

Department of Plant Sciences:


Plant-parasitic nematodes ; effectors ; Plant-pathology ; evolution

Key Publications

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§  C. J. Lilley, A. Maqbool, D. Wu, H. B. Yusup, L. M. Jones, P. R. J. Birch, M. J. Banfield, P. E. Urwin, and S. Eves-van den Akker. (2018). Effector gene birth in plant parasitic nematodes: neofunctionalization of a housekeeping glutathione synthetase gene. PLOS Genetics – in press.

§  S. Eves-van den Akker* and P. R. J. Birch (2016). Opening the effector protein toolbox for plant-parasitic cyst-nematode interactions. Molecular Plant. DOI: 10.1016/j.molp.2016.09.008.

§  S. Eves-van den Akker* and D.R. Laetsch, P. Thorpe, C. J. Lilley, E. G. J. Danchin, M. Da Rocha, C. Rancurel, E. Grenier, J. Montarry, N. E. Holroyd, J. A. Cotton, B. Mimee, M. Duceppe, I. Boyes, J. Lapalme,  M. Esquibet, M. Sabeh, M. Rott, H. Overmars, A. Tomczak, G. Smant, V. Blok, S. Mantelin, P. J. A. Cock, W. Phillips, J. Marvin, L. M Jones, H. B. Yusup, P. E. Urwin, M. Blaxter, J. T. Jones. (2016) The genomic and transcriptomic bases of pathogenicity in the golden potato cyst nematode, Globodera rostochiensis. – Genome biology.  DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-0985-1.


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