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Department of Plant Sciences


Research group


Research overview

My research aims to improve our understanding of how pathogens invade plants to cause disease, and how plants perceive and respond to these invading pathogens. My current work focuses on mechanistic investigations of plant NLR immune networks and pathogen effector functions. My ultimate goal is to develop crops with long-lasting resistance to multiple pathogens, alleviating the challenges caused by biotic threats in global food production.

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Previous positions

2022-present Head of Group, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
2015-2022 Research Associate, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich
2012-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, USA


2008-2012 PhD in Plant Pathology/Phytopathology and Plant Breeding, University of Sydney, Australia
2004-2007 BSc Agricultural Science, University of Sydney, Australia


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Awards and fellowships

  • Crop Science Centre Fellowship, NIAB, 2022
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, 2016
  • Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network Travel Grant, 2014
  • Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Award, 2012
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation PhD Fellowship (GRS139), 2008

Public engagement

Head of Crop Pathogen Immunity Group
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Contact Details

Email address: 
Crop Science Centre,
Lawrence Weaver Road,
01223 342200