Dr Nicholas Lister

Dr Nicholas Lister

Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Biotech & Biomolecular Science

Completed my PhD in the roles of epigenetic regulation in human cancer, with particular focus on ncRNAs. My current research area involves understanding the epigenetic regulation of the X chromosome in the Waters lab. Dosage compensation and sex determination are both areas of particular interest.

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Lister NC; Johnsson P; Waters PD; Morris KV, 2021, 'Pseudogenes: A Novel Source of Trans-Acting Antisense RNAs', in Pseudogenes: Functions and Protocols, United States, pp. 219 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-1503-4_14
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Álvarez-González L; Arias-Sardá C; Montes-Espuña L; Marín-Gual L; Vara C; Lister NC; Cuartero Y; Garcia F; Deakin J; Renfree MB; Robinson TJ; Martí-Renom MA; Waters PD; Farré M; Ruiz-Herrera A, 2022, 'Principles of 3D chromosome folding and evolutionary genome reshuffling in mammals', Cell Reports, 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2022.111839
    Journal articles | 2021
    Lister NC; Milton AM; Hanrahan BJ; Waters PD, 2021, 'Between the devil and the deep blue sea: Non-coding rnas associated with transmissible cancers in tasmanian devil, domestic dog and bivalves', Non-coding RNA, 7, pp. 72 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ncrna7040072
    Journal articles | 2021
    Waters P; Patel H; Ruiz-Herrera A; Álvarez-González L; Lister N; Simakov O; Ezaz T; Kaur P; Frere C; Grützner F; Georges A; Graves JM, 2021, 'Microchromosomes are building blocks of bird, reptile and mammal chromosomes', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2021.07.06.451394
    Journal articles | 2021
    Waters PD; Patel HR; Ruiz-Herrera A; Alvarez-Gonzalez L; Lister NC; Simakov O; Ezaz T; Kaur P; Frere C; Grutzner F; Georges A; Marshall Graves JA, 2021, 'Microchromosomes are building blocks of bird, reptile, and mammal chromosomes', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2112494118
    Journal articles | 2017
    Johnsson P; Lister N; Shevchenko G; Walshe J; Ataide SF; Morris KV, 2017, 'Reply to Liu et al.: Yin and yang of PTEN regulation', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114, pp. E10512 - E10513, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1718258114
    Journal articles | 2017
    Lister N; Shevchenko G; Walshe JL; Groen J; Johnsson P; Vidarsdóttir L; Grander D; Ataide SF; Morris KV, 2017, 'The molecular dynamics of long noncoding RNA control of transcription in PTEN and its pseudogene', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114, pp. 9942 - 9947, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1621490114
    Journal articles | 2015
    Lister NC; Clemson M; Morris KV, 2015, 'RNA-directed epigenetic silencing of Periostin inhibits cell motility', Royal Society Open Science, 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.140545
  • Preprints | 2023
    Hanrahan BJ; Chang JK; Lister NC; Dissanayake DSB; Hammond JM; Reis ALM; Deveson IW; Ruiz-Herrera A; Patel HR; Marshall Graves JA; Georges A; Waters PD, 2023, Both phenotypic and genotypic sex influence sex chromosome dosage compensation in a sex reversing lizard, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2023.08.24.554710
    Preprints | 2023
    Lister N; Milton A; Patel H; Waters S; Hanrahan B; McIntyre K; Livernois A; Wee LK; Ringel A; Mundlos S; Robson M; Shearwin-Whyatt L; Grützner F; Marshall Graves J; Ruiz-Herrera A; Waters P, 2023, Incomplete transcriptional dosage compensation of vertebrate sex chromosomes is balanced by post-transcriptional compensation, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2023.02.23.529605

The Waters lab focuses on better understanding the epigenetic regulation of transcription in diverse vertebrate representatives, specifically focussing on sex chromosomes. The ultimate goal is to understand how complex epigenetic silencing mechanisms evolved. We use eutherian, marsupial, monotreme and bird/reptile models. Representatives from these groups each have different (sometimes weird and wonderful) sex determining mechanisms and sex chromosome systems.

We examine X chromosome inactivation in wallabies and Tasmanian devils. We have particular interest in dosage compensation of the strange sex chromosomes of platypus, which have 5 X chromosomes and 5 Y chromosomes! We also study the Australian central bearded dragon, which are unusual in that they have both genetic and environmental sex determination.