I am a fundamental plant stress biologist, with interests in crop health. My BSc was in Biological Sciences at Salford University (2003) with an industrial placement year in plant science to examine the effectiveness of non-chemical pest and disease control. In 2007, I qualified with a PhD in Evolutionary Ecology at Manchester University, investigating plant modulation of rhizobacterial induced systemic resistance against insect pests. After my PhD, I moved to Newcastle University where I worked with Prof. Carlo Leifert and Prof. Angharad Gatehouse, gaining experience in plant stress molecular biology. In 2012, I applied for and was awarded a NERC discipline hopping award to spend 6 months in Prof. Steven Rushton's group, utilising numerical modelling for analysing dynamics of plant molecular response pathways. My current research investigates mechanisms underpinning the evolution of herbicide resistance in Prof. Robert Edwards lab group, part of the BBSRC-HGCA Black-grass Resistance Initiative.
RA representative for the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Research Committee
Research Fellow representative for the Newcastle University Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team
Member of the Society of Biology (MSB)
Member of the editorial board for Agronomy - a multidisciplinary and open access journal.
Reviewer for many subject related journals (e.g.Evolutionary Ecology, Journal of Proteomics, Plant Physiology, The American Naturalist).
Reviewer for RCUK research proposals (BBSRC).
Musings of a plant stress biologist
Throughout my research, I have been interested in crossing disciplines to synthesise a holistic picture of the dynamic mechanisms underpinning plant stress biology, mixing evolutionary ecology and quantitative genetics with molecular biology and numerical modelling. My research has focused on crop plant systems to enable translation of fundamental research into the development of sustainable crop health strategies.
My current research investigates mechanisms underpinning the evolution of herbicide resistance in Prof. Robert Edwards lab group, part of the BBSRC-HGCA Black-grass Resistance Initiative. I use a combination of evolutionary ecology experimentation and molecular techniques for: