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Department of Plant Sciences


Research Group 

Plant-Parasite/Pathogen Interactions



I started off at the University of Victoria (Canada) in biochemistry and biology and then moved to KTH (Sweden) for my masters in bioreactors and protein engineering. I did my PhD at the University of Cambridge (UK) in the Zoology Department on epithelial patterning in Drosophila eggs. My first postdoc was on centrosome migration in Drosophila eggs and my second postdoc was on the genetic basis of parthenogenesis in Drosophila. I am excited to take my knowledge in cell and developmental biology into my new research on the cell molecular biology of plant parasite interactions, specifically on effector biogenesis in nematodes. I am working towards building knowledge of the fundamental biology of pathogenic nematodes in order to gain insight into how we can prevent pathogenic nematode infections.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Alexis L Sperling

Contact Details

Email address: 
Crop Science Centre
Lawrence Weaver Road
01223 342200