Dr Catherine Tetard-Jones
Research Fellow

Roles and Responsibilities


Proteomics analysis of crop plant (wheat) response to contrasting nutrient management regimes for an EU FP7 "NUE-Crops" project

Member of Newcastle University's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team


Qualifications

PhD, ecological genetics, University of Manchester, 2007.

BSc (Hons), biological sciences (with industrial experience), Salford University, 2003.


Previous Positions

Teaching assistant, Northumbria University (2008). Led a third year module in foresic botany, and taught on a MSc module in writing grant applications

Postdoctoral research associate, University of Manchester (2007). Ecological genetics of epiphytic bromeliad - tree associations in the tropical rainforests of Belize and Ecuador.


Esteem Indicators

Member of the editorial board for Agronomy - a multidisciplinary and open access journal.

Reviewer for many subject related journals (e.g. The American Naturalist, Evolutionary Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Proteomics). 

Reviewer for Research Council research proposals (BBSRC).  


Memberships

Society of Biology (MSB)

The Genetics Society

Current Research Interests

Identifying plant genetic basis of complex traits involved in plant defense/tolerance to environmental stress

Plants have evolved defense and tolerance mechanisms to survive and reproduce whilst under environmental stress (i.e. sub-optimal conditions). Identifying the genes that regulate such mechanisms is crucial to improve the sustainability of crop production. My research covers two areas:

  • Plant-pest interactions: incorporating evolutionary ecology theory into the development of durable crop resistance to pests and pathogens. Plants have evolved in environments where they interact with a multitude of above-ground and below-ground organisms. These interactions can have deleterious (e.g. pest/pathogen) or beneficial (e.g. plant growth promoting rhizobacteria, parasitoid wasps) effects on plant health/fitness. Plants have evolved mechanisms to enhance interactions with beneficial species to increase their resistance to deleterious species. My interest is to identify plant genes that influence environmentally (biotic) modulated plant resistance to pests and pathogens. My research includes the "complicating" factor of plasticity in crop resistance to genetically variable pest populations. 

  • The effect of agronomic practices (fertilisation regime) and varieties on crop yield and Nutrient Use Efficiency (NUE). Identification of plant genes involved in NUE, particularly plant root genes involved in plant interactions with rhizosphere micro-organisms that enhance nutrient availability and uptake.

My research utilises quantitative genetics and molecular biology (proteomic profiling, QTL mapping) and modelling to identify genes involved in defense/tolerance mechanisms 

 

Funding

Co-I (50%): "Modelling proteomics data for investigating plant response to environmental stress". Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Discipline Hopping Scheme, 2013. Collaborator: Prof. Stephen Rushton

Co-I: Small Ecological Project Grant (SEPG), British Ecological Society, 2006.


Postgraduate Supervision

Mr Leonidas Rempelos (PhD thesis: Effects of agronomic practices on yield, quality and protein expression patterns in multiple potato varieties).