Curriculum Vitae

Peter J P Croucher, D. Phil.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • 50+ peer-reviewed publications and 3420+ citations [See: http://wp.me/P40X4a-cg]
  • Devised novel analytical approaches to reconstruct the invasion history and epidemiology of the Sudden Oak Death pathogen Phytopthora ramorum in California, resulting in three recent papers of significant national importance
  • Co-identification of the first Crohn disease associated genes: CARD15 and DLG5
  • The 2005 European Society of Human Genetics/Nature Publishing Group Award for the 1st most cited paper published in The European Journal of Human Genetics during 2003
  • The 2007 AASLD/PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Foundation Award for the most promising research into primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • 16 years experience since Doctorate in diverse scientific environments, managing projects and budgets
  • Highly literate in statistics, informatics, programming (Python, R, SQL etc) writing, editing, and presenting

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

University of California at Berkeley, 2007 – present

Associate Research Specialist: Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Berkeley, California

  • Developed novel approaches to reconstruct the genetic epidemiological history of Sudden Oak Death in California (a disease with economic costs to California of hundreds of millions of dollars each year)
  • National Science Foundation grant ($600,000) to study the molecular evolutionary genetics of color polymorphism in Theridiid spiders.  Demonstrated balancing selection, complex population genetics and area effects in restored habitats of T. californicum and reconstructed the evolutionary history of Theridion grallator in the Hawaiian Islands
  • Sequence and assembly of the expressed genes (transcriptome) of two spider species, exon-capture, assembly of spider genome (Illumina, PacBio, Sanger), profiling of spider-microbiome
  • Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students
  • Extensive field work in Hawaii and California

 

Christian-Albrechts University Hospital, Kiel, 2004 – 2007

Research Associate (Naturwissenschaftler): Institute for Medical Informatics and Statistics

Kiel, Germany

  • Key provider of core genetic epidemiological services to the German National Genome Research Network (NGFN). Patient database reporting to the NGFN. Project consultation, statistical, population genetic/epidemiological education, analytical support (including software scripting)
  • Maintained collaborations including with Astra-Zeneca, Sweden, and the University Hospital, Oslo
  • Published on linkage, association, population genetics, statistical methodology, complex inflammatory disorders (Crohn disease, Ulcerative Colitis, coronary disease, aging), behavioral genetics (macaques)

 

Christian-Albrechts University Hospital, Kiel, 2000 – 2004

Research Associate (Naturwissenschaftler): Department of General Internal Medicine

Kiel, Germany

  • Established a high-throughput genotyping platform in conjunction with NGFN and Astra-Zeneca
  • Positional cloning and association of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) genes: discoveries of CARD15 and DLG5 IBD genes
  • The 2005 European Society of Human Genetics/Nature Publishing Group Award for the 1st most cited paper published in The European Journal of Human Genetics during 2003
  • Academic and commercial collaborations included Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, University Hospital Lübeck, Applied Biosystems, Astra-Zeneca.
  • Trained MD students in molecular genetics and research
  • Funded by an EU Marie Curie Network Grant and NGFN

 

Aarhus University, 1999-2000

Postdoctoral fellow: Department of Zoology

Aarhus, Denmark

  • Research into the population genetics and ecology of the water-spider Argyroneta aquatica. Sampling spiders from bogs and lakes around Denmark, allozyme genetic analysis

 

Institute for Terrestrial Ecology, 1992

Intern: Biological Records Centre

Monks Wood, UK

  • Constructed the first database to catalogue existing, and to coordinate future, long-term invertebrate population monitoring schemes in the UK. Literature, questionnaire and ecological field research

 

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1990-1991

Intern: Agricultural Development and Advisory Service

Wye, UK

  • Conducted field trials as part of a long-term project to improve forecasting of aphid spread barley yellow dwarf virus. General entomology, plant pathology, identification, agronomy

 

Education:

D. Phil. in Biology, University of York, UK. 1999

  • Awarded a competitive BBSRC Doctoral Studentship. Thesis: The Evolutionary Interactions of Two Colonizing Species of Large House Spider (Agelenidae, Tegenaria spp.). Graduate advisors: Dr. Geoff Oxford, Prof. Jeremy Searle. Examiners: Prof. Godfrey Hewitt, Dr. Terry Crawford.

B. Sc. (Hons) in Applied Biology (First Class), University of Bath, UK. 1993

  • ‘Solvay-Interox Prize’ for best Honors Project: Rapid Deployment in Colony Crises: Self-organizing Task Allocation in Leptothoracine Ants. Supervisor: Prof. Nigel R Franks.

 

Awards, Fellowships & Grants:

  • Awarded a four year National Science Foundation grant (~$600,000) to investigate the genomics of repeatedly evolving color diversity in polymorphic spiders, 2009
  • The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases/PSC Partners Seeking a Cure Foundation Award for the most promising research into primary sclerosing cholangitis – received by the first author (Tom Hemming Karlsen). AASLD Meeting, Boston, November 4, 2007
  • The 2005 European Society of Human Genetics/Nature Publishing Group Award for the 1st most cited paper published in The European Journal of Human Genetics during 2003. Croucher PJP et al. European Journal of Human Genetics 11: 6-16
  • Awarded a Royal Society European Science Exchange Program Grant, 1998
  • Awarded an EU Training and Mobility of Researchers (Marie Curie) Fellowship, 1998
  • Awarded a competitive Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Doctoral Scholarship to undertake D. Phil. studies at York University, UK, 1994
  • Awarded the Solvay-Interox Prize for the best Honours Project in Biological Sciences at the University of Bath, UK, 1993
  • Recipient of the high-school (VIth Form) biology prize, 1989

 

SELECTED skills:

Professional

  • Deep practical and theoretical knowledge of biology, genetics and genomics, ecology and evolution in model and non-model organisms from diverse environments
  • Comfortable managing staff, student, internal and external collaborations, projects, budgets
  • Organizing meetings e.g. organizing committee for 32nd American Arachnological Society Meeting 2008

Statistics/Informatics

  • Python, Regular Expressions, SQL, Relational Databases and APIs, R, Perl, OS X, Linux/UNIX, Windows, Photoshop, Office
  • Population genetics, phylogeny software, linkage and association analysis, expression analysis
  • Big Data: NGS tools, genome assembly, read-mapping, annotation, gene prediction and so forth

Molecular biology

  • Next-generation sequencing and analysis (Illumina, PacBio), Sanger sequencing
  • RNA/DNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, RACE, NGS libraries, TaqMan, RFLP, AFLP, RAD, STR

Teaching & Outreach

  • Population Genetics Analysis and Applications (Graduate Seminar Course, UC Berkeley), Spider Genome Biology (undergraduate spider biology course, UC Berkeley). Mentoring undergraduate, postgraduate, and senior high-school students, elementary school field trips. Spider ecology & evolution workshops Denmark (October 1999, staff; September 1998, staff; November 1997, invited). Demonstrating: animal behavior, cellular genetics, population genetics, evolutionary genetics, human evolution, animal diversity, electrophoresis, and genetic sequence analysis/phylogeny reconstruction. Undergraduate tutorials in genetics
  • Analytical consultation and mentoring for Ph.D. students, researchers and MDs
  • Tutoring 13-18 year olds in Science

 

 

SELECTED CONGRESS COMMUNICATIONS:

  • 7th Arthropod Genomics Symposium and VectorBase Workshop, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, June 12-15, 2013 (talk & poster presentation)
  • 35th Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, July 8-11, 2011 (talk & two poster presentations).
  • 4th Sudden Oak Death Science Symposium, Santa Cruz, California, June 15-18, 2009 (talk by co-author).
  • 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, UC Berkeley, California, June 25-30, 2008 (talk & member of organizing committee).
  • Liver Meeting, Boston, November 2-6, 2007 (prize winning paper).
  • 8th Evolutionary Biology Meeting at Marseilles, September 22-24, 2004 (poster).
  • Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Allergy and Inflammation – NGFN Environmental Disease Symposium, Berlin, June 2-4, 2004 (talk).
  • European Mathematical Genetics Meeting 2004, Kiel, March 29-31, 2004 (poster).
  • The Genetic Molecular Basis of Human Disease, Symposium of the National Genome Research Network (NGFN) and the German Human Genome Project (DHGP), Berlin, November 17-19, 2002 (invited talk).
  • Genome Sequencing and Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, May 7-11, 2002 (poster).
  • Speciation, Hybridisation and Phylogeography – A discussion meeting in honor of Godfrey Hewitt, Aussois, France, April 2000 (invited talk).
  • 18th European Colloquium of Arachnology, Slovakia, July 1999 (2 talks, 1 poster).
  • 17th European Colloquium of Arachnology, Edinburgh, July 1997 (talk).
  • 1996 Meeting of the American Arachnological Society, Tucson, Arizona, July 1996 (poster).