Dr David Wragg

Research Fellow


I was awarded a PhD in Genetics from the University of Nottingham in 2013 where I researched the genetics of blue eggs in chicken. Following on from this I undertook a post-doc position at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Toulouse, leading the bioinformatic analyses to characterise the genetics diversity of hundreds of honey bee genomes. I joined the Roslin Institute in 2016, embedded within the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), where the focus of my research involved mapping a genetic locus underpinning tolerance to Theileria parva in Boran cattle. Presently I am working on the development of novel omics-based methods to support clinical diagnoses in companion animals. In addition to my research at the University, I am one of the founding directors of the community interest company Beebytes Analytics, which provides honey bee genetics testing and support to the beekeeping community.



  • PhD in Genetics (2013), University of Nottingham
  • BSc(Hons) Animal Science 1st class (2008), Nottingham Trent University
  • HND Computer Studies (2000), Nottingham Trent University


Research summary

My main research interests are:

  • the identification of genetic markers for disease tolerance/susceptibility
  • developing  biomarkers to support clinical diagnosis in animals
  • the development of assays to support clinical diagnoses and selective breeding 


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