- Chair in Translational Genomics for Plant BreedingDepartment of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences - Teaching And Research
Department of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
Edward Llwyd Building
I did a PhD at Bristol University in molecular biology and intracellular signalling and worked at Long Ashton Research Station from 1992-1998. I then moved to Rothamsted Research to take up a position as Senior Research Scientist and group leader until 2016 when I joined IBERS. I have an international reputation in developing and applying in-vitro tissue culture and biotechnological approaches to study gene function and to facilitate plant breeding. I have experience applying these in cereals and also poplar and willow; however, in my role at IBERS, I will focus more on forage grasses, oats and miscanthus. I have particular interests in gene editing using site-directed nucleases and in RNAi mediated gene silencing to simultaneously edit or down-regulate homoeologous genes in polyploid genomes; also in exploiting chloroplast inheritance, doubled haploidy and heterosis for plant breeding. I have significant experience in risk-assessment and regulatory aspects of biotechnology. I have held two Defra licences for non-commercial, field trials of GM wheat in the UK. I am an Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences, Nottingham University and vice-chair of the GMO panel, European Food Safety Authority
Breeding methodologies; plant tissue culture and biotechnology; plant functional genomics.