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Micha Bayer

Staff picture: Micha Bayer
Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Bioinformatics Specialist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

  • Bioinformatics Specialist, Information and Computational Sciences group
  • Specialises in analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data from crop plants
  • Main focus: genomics and variomics (in particular in barley)

Current research interests

Nature cover 2017Over the years I have been involved in a large variety of projects across most of our crop plant species, but most of my research currently relates to barley. My particular interest is in barley variomics and genomics. I have been actively involved in the last two barley genome projects, and also in the development of the last two barley high throughout genotyping platforms. I have an active interest in the quality issues Next Generation Sequencing data and its analysis suffer from, and as part of this I recently supervised a PhD project looking at the generation of false positive SNPs during variant calling. Due to the high demand for bioinformatics analysis skills, I now also spend a substantial amount of my time teaching, supervising and mentoring both staff and students. I have been involved in delivering bioinformatics training courses both internationally and locally, at the James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee.

Past research

  • May2008 - present: Bioinformatics Specialist, The James Hutton Institute (prev. SCRI)
  • March 2006 - May2008: Software Developer, Scottish Bioinformatics Research Network (SBRN), SCRI
  • September 2003 – February 2006: Grid Developer, National e-Science Centre (Glasgow Hub), University of Glasgow
  • September 2002 - September 2003: MSc Information Technology, Glasgow University
  • July 1998 – August 2002: Postdoctoral Researcher, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (species identification of algae by computer vision)
  • February 1998 – June 1998: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gatty Marine Laboratory, St Andrews University (development of microsatellites for population genetics in marine invertebrates)
  • June 1994 – January 1998: PhD Marine Biology, St Andrews University (phenotypic plasticity in marine bryozoans)


  • Milne, I.; Shaw, P.; Milne, L.; Bayer, M.; Stephen, G.; Marshall, D.F., (2010) Visualising genetic diversity., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2009, pp21-22.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.