Who are 'we'?

We run a small (but growing) bioinformatics company based in Palmerston North New Zealand. Our aim is to provide high quality bioinformatic services at the best possible price. Be sure to check out our Resources page for some useful Docs and general information on Bioinformatics.

Drs Dave Wheeler and Sarah Harmer

Professional Experience

Dave has worked in the field of bioinformatics at a number of world class Universities and also has experience working as a bioinformatician for a service company. His brief Bio is below and more specific information can be found in his CV.

  • PHD University of Adelaide in Evolutionary genetics (2003)
  • Postdoc, Botany, University of Melbourne (2005)
  • Postdoc, Ecological Genomics Institute, Kansas State University, (2008)
  • Postdoc, Department of Biology, University of Rochester (2010)
  • Lecturer in Genomics and Bioinformatics, Massey University (2013-17)
  • NZGL Ltd Bioinformatican (2013-17)
  • NgBS Ltd Bioinformatican (2017-)

Sarah has a PhD in plant genetics obtained from the University of Adelaide (2003). She carried out postdoctoral research at the United States Department of Agriculture (Kansas USA), where she studied the genetic basis of milling qualities in Hard winter wheat. Sarah also has extensive management and administration experience in both the University and Commercial sectors.

Publish or perish... \-:

At NgBS we are keen to be involved in the publication of results that stem from our service work. Of course the final decision on authorship is yours and in cases where our role was purely service provision authorship would not be appropriate. However, if the project involved some aspects of pipeline development or (especially) the interpretation of the data, we ask that you consider including us as authors. Of course in cases where we are included as authors we can contribute to writing the resulting manuscript!


Andrea Clavijo McCormick, Ewald Grosse-Wilde, David Wheeler, Mark Mescher, Bill Hansson, and Consuelo De Moraes. Comparing the Expression of Olfaction-Related Genes in Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) Adult Females and Larvae from One Flightless and Two Flight-Capable Populations. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 2017.

Maxence Plouviez, David Wheeler, Andy Shilton, Michael A Packer, Patricia A McLenachan, Emanuel Sanz-Luque, Francisco Ocaña-Calahorro, Emilio Fernández, and Benoit Guieysse. The biosynthesis of nitrous oxide in the green alga chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The Plant Journal, 2017.

Andre Sim and David Wheeler. The venom gland transcriptome of the parasitoid wasp nasonia vitripennis highlights the importance of novel genes in venom function. BMC Genomics, 17(571), 2016.

Antonia Klein, Lukas Schrader, Rosario Gil, Alejandro Manzano-Marín, Laura Flórez, David Wheeler, John H Werren, Amparo Latorre, Jürgen Heinze, Martin Kaltenpoth, et al. A novel intracellular mutualistic bacterium in the invasive ant cardiocondyla obscurior. The ISME journal, 10(2):376-388, 2016.

Joshua B Benoit, Zach N Adelman, Klaus Reinhardt, Amanda Dolan, Monica Poelchau, Emily C Jennings, Elise M Szuter, Richard W Hagan, Hemant Gujar, Jayendra Nath Shukla, et al. Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome. Nature communications, 7, 2016.

Aisha L Siebert, David Wheeler, and John H Werren. A new approach for investigating venom function applied to venom calreticulin in a parasitoid wasp. Toxicon, 107:304-316, 2015.

Chaoyang Zhao, Lucio Navarro Escalante, Hang Chen, Thiago R Benatti, Jiaxin Qu, Sanjay Chellapilla, Robert M Waterhouse, David Wheeler, Martin N Andersson, Riyue Bao, et al. A massive expansion of effector genes underlies gall-formation in the wheat pest mayetiola destructor. Current Biology, 25(5):613-620, 2015.

Aisha L Siebert, Jeremy Wright, Ellen Martinson, David Wheeler, John H Werren, et al. Parasitoid venom induces metabolic cascades in fly hosts. Metabolomics, 11(2):350-366, 2015.

Maria S Tretiakova, Sarah D Bond, David Wheeler, Alejandro Contreras, Masha Kocherginsky, Todd G Kroll, and Tracy K Hale. Heterochromatin protein 1 expression is reduced in human thyroid malignancy. Laboratory Investigation, 94(7):788-795, 2014.

Ellen O Martinson, David Wheeler, Jeremy Wright, Aisha L Siebert, John H Werren, et al. Nasonia vitripennis venom causes targeted gene expression changes in its fly host. Molecular ecology, 23(23):5918-5930, 2014.

David Wheeler, Amanda J Redding, and John H Werren. Characterization of an ancient lepidopteran lateral gene transfer. PloS one, 8(3):e59262, 2013.

Xu Wang, David Wheeler, Amanda Avery, Alfredo Rago, Jeong-Hyeon Choi, John K Colbourne, Andrew G Clark, and John H Werren. Function and evolution of dna methylation in nasonia vitripennis. PLoS Genet, 9(10):e1003872, 2013.

Jin-Hua Xiao, Zhen Yue, Ling-Yi Jia, Xin-Hua Yang, Li-Hua Niu, Zhuo Wang, Peng Zhang, Bao-Fa Sun, Shun-Min He, Zi Li, et al. Obligate mutualism within a host drives the extreme specialization of a fig wasp genome. Genome biology, 14(12):1, 2013.

David Wheeler, Brian J Darby, Timothy C Todd, and Michael A Herman. Several grassland soil nematode species are insensitive to rna-mediated interference. Journal of nematology, 44(1):92, 2012.

Brian J Darby, Kenneth L Jones, David Wheeler, and Michael A Herman. Normalization and centering of array-based heterologous genome hybridization based on divergent control probes. BMC bioinformatics, 12(1):1, 2011.

Jungsun Park, Zuogang Peng, Jia Zeng, Navin Elango, Taesung Park, Dave Wheeler, John H Werren, and V Yi Soojin. Comparative analyses of dna methylation and sequence evolution using nasonia genomes. Molecular biology and evolution, 28(12):3345-3354, 2011.

David Wheeler and Ed Newbigin. Expression of 10 s-class slf-like genes in nicotiana alata pollen and its implications for understanding the pollen factor of the s locus. Genetics, 177(4):2171-2180, 2007.

Steven JB Cooper, David Wheeler, Alison De Leo, Jan-Fang Cheng, Robert AB Holland, Jennifer A Marshall Graves, and Rory M Hope. The mammalian α d-globin gene lineage and a new model for the molecular evolution of α-globin gene clusters at the stem of the mammalian radiation. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 38(2):439-448, 2006.

Steven JB Cooper, David Wheeler, Rory M Hope, Gaynor Dolman, Kathleen M Saint, Andrew A Gooley, and Robert AB Holland. The α-globin gene family of an australian marsupial, macropus eugenii: the long evolutionary history of the θ-globin gene and its functional status in mammals. Journal of molecular evolution, 60(5):653-664, 2005.

David Wheeler, Rory M Hope, Steven JB Cooper, Andrew A Gooley, and Robert AB Holland. Linkage of the β-like ω-globin gene to α-like globin genes in an australian marsupial supports the chromosome duplication model for separation of globin gene clusters. Journal of molecular evolution, 58(6):642-652, 2004.

Alison A De Leo, D Wheeler, Christophe Lefevre, J-F Cheng, R Hope, J Kuliwaba, KR Nicholas, M Westerman, and JAM Graves. Sequencing and mapping hemoglobin gene clusters in the australian model dasyurid marsupial sminthopsis macroura. Cytogenetic and genome research, 108(4):333-341, 2004.

David Wheeler, Rory Hope, Steven JB Cooper, Gaynor Dolman, Graham C Webb, Cynthia DK Bottema, Andrew A Gooley, Morris Goodman, and Robert AB Holland. An orphaned mammalian β-globin gene of ancient evolutionary origin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 98(3):1101-1106, 2001.