Research Experience

Postdoctoral Researcher (2013-present), Thompson groupSars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Bergen, Norway.

Postdoctoral Researcher (2009-2013). Lenhard group. Computational Biology Unit (CBU), UniComputing, Bergen, Norway.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2009). Leyser group. University of York, York, England.

Research Assistant (2005). Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland.


Ph.D. Biology. (2005–2008). University of York, York, England. York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis. Supervisors: Dr. Leo Caves (Department of Biology) and Prof. Susan Stepney (Department of Computer Science). Awards: KM Stott prize for excellence in scientific research.

B.Sc.(Hons) Biology (First class). (2001–2005). University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland. Supervisor: Prof. Ian Boyd (Sea Mammal Research Unit)


*+G.B. Danks, *P. Navratilova, B. Lenhard, and +E.M. Thompson. Distinct core promoter codes drive transcription initiation at developmental transitions. bioRxiv. 2017.

+G.B. Danks, M. Raasholm, and +E.M. Thompson. Trans-splicing of mRNAs links gene transcription to translational control regulated by mTOR. In Prep.

*P. Navratilova, *G.B. Danks, A. Long, S. Butcher, J.R. Manak, and E.M. Thompson. Sex-specific chromatin landscapes in an ultra-compact chordate genome. Epigenetics and Chromatin, 10(1), 2017.

+G. Danks and +E.M. Thompson. Trans-splicing in metazoans: A link to translational control? Worm, 4(3):e1046030, 2015.

G.B. Danks, M. Raasholm, C. Campsteijn, A.M. Long, J.R. Manak, B. Lenhard, and E.M. Thompson. Trans-splicing and operons in metazoans: Translational control in maternally regulated development and recovery from growth arrest. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(3), 2015.

G. Danks, C. Campsteijn, M. Parida, S. Butcher, H. Doddapaneni, B. Fu, R. Petrin, R. Metpally, B. Lenhard, P. Wincker, D. Chourrout, E.M. Thompson, and J.R. Manak. OikoBase: A genomics and developmental transcriptomics resource for the urochordate Oikopleura dioica. Nucleic Acids Research, 41(D1), 2013.

J. Hosp, Y. Sagane, G. Danks, and E.M. Thompson. The evolving proteome of a complex extracellular matrix, the Oikopleura house. PLoS ONE, 7(7), 2012.

G.B. Danks, S. Stepney, and L.S.D. Caves. Cotranslational protein folding with L-systems, volume 5777 LNAI. 2011.

F. Denoeud, S. Henriet, S. Mungpakdee, J.-M. Aury, C. Da Silva, H. Brinkmann, J. Mikhal- eva, L.C. Olsen, C. Jubin, C. Cañestro, J.-M. Bouquet, G. Danks, J. Poulain, C. Campsteijn, M. Adamski, I. Cross, F. Yadetie, M. Muffato, A. Louis, S. Butcher, G. Tsagkogeorga, A. Kon- rad, S. Singh, M.F. Jensen, E.H. Cong, H. Eikeseth-Otteraa, B. Noel, V. Anthouard, B.M. Porcel, R. Kachouri-Lafond, A. Nishino, M. Ugolini, P. Chourrout, H. Nishida, R. Aasland, S. Huzurbazar, E. Westhof, F. Delsuc, H. Lehrach, R. Reinhardt, J. Weissenbach, S.W. Roy, F. Artiguenave, J.H. Postlethwait, J.R. Manak, E.M. Thompson, O. Jaillon, L. Du Pasquier, P. Boudinot, D.A. Liberles, J.-N. Volff, H. Philippe, B. Lenhard, H.R. Crollius, P. Wincker, and D. Chourrout. Plasticity of animal genome architecture unmasked by rapid evolution of a pelagic tunicate. Science, 330(6009), 2010.

G. Danks, S. Stepney, and L. Caves. Protein folding with stochastic L-systems. In Artificial Life XI: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems, ALIFE 2008, 2008.

G.B. Danks, S. Stepney, and L.S.D. Caves. Folding protein-like structures with open L-systems, volume 4648 LNAI. 2007.

*co-first authorship, +co-corresponding author