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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

The overarching theme of my research is to combine genomics and molecular biology to understand fundamental questions in host:parasite biology. My group primarily focus on plant-parasitic nematodes because: i) they are a threat to food security in developed and developing countries, and ii) underlying this threat is a wealth of fascinating biology that until very recently has been largely unexplorable.


Natural Sciences Tripos: 1B Plant and Microbial Sciences

Previous positions

2021-present Ordinary Fellow, King’s College Cambridge
2018-present BBSRC David Phillips Fellow, University of Cambridge
2018-2021 Research Fellow, King’s College Cambridge
2015-2018 BBSRC Academic Future Leaders Fellow, University of Dundee


2010-2014 PhD in Plant Nematode Effectors, University of Leeds and The James Hutton Institute
2007-2010 BSc Biology, University of Leeds


Key publications


All publications


Awards and fellowships

  • Schroth Faces of the Future Award, The American Phytopathological Society (2021)
  • Ordinary Fellowship, King’s College Cambridge (2021)
  • Crop Sciences Centre Fellowship, Cambridge Potato Growers Research Association (2021)
  • New Lecturer Award in human/animal nutrition, or crop science, Rank Fund (2018)
  • Research Fellow, King’s College Cambridge (2018)
  • David Phillips Fellow, BBSRC (2018)
  • Young Researcher in Crop Sciences, Society of Chemical Industry (2016)
  • Peter Massalski Prize, Scottish Society of Crop Research (2016)
  • Anniversary Future Leader Fellow, BBSRC (2015)
  • David Miller Award, Society of Chemical Industry (2014)


2020-present Invited member of Faculty Opinions
2020-present Member of the Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing Committee
2019-2023 Appointment to BBSRC Pool of Experts
2018-present European Society of Nematologists Elected Board Member The Advancement of the Science
2014-present Society of Chemical Industry Horticultural Group committee member

Public engagement

2020 Featured in The Vegetable Farmer November Issue
2018 Street Food public engagement event, University of Dundee
2016 Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Inspiration, Innovation, Implementation Presentation
Head of Plant-Parasite/Pathogen Interactions Group
BBSRC David Phillips Fellow
Dr Sebastian  Eves-van den Akker

Contact Details

Email address: 
Department of Plant Sciences,
University of Cambridge,
Downing Street,
01223 748969