Areas of expertise

  • Agrifood Systems

Background

I am a plant molecular biologist specializing in plant gene editing and protoplast technologies. I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2020, with my Master's project focusing on using novel charged nanomaterials as a 'spray-on' vector for gene editing constructs in wheat. I also developed a cell-counting image analysis program in ImageJ for confocal microscopy image files (.TIFF). 

Prior to this, I undertook a summer studentship at the University of Reading in 2018 investigating the use of bacteriophage cocktails as biocontrol against Psuedomonas syringae in Cherry (https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.13585). 

Between Bristol and Cranfield, I was employed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Defra - Civil Service; 2021-2022) as a Pathology Scientist. I developed skills in bioimaging (confocal and electron microscopy), immunohistochemistry, and histology.

Research opportunities

I'm keen to develop collaborations with those involved in protoplast regeneration and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. 

Current activities

I am currently a PhD student, developing gene editing methods in raspberry to accelerate and enhance breeding in elite cultivars. My work focuses on two main methodologies for achieving gene editing - protoplast regeneration (enzymatic removal of plant cell wall to enable construct introgression) and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation (manipulating a plant pathogen with natural introgressive abilities) . I'm developing novel methods for both systems in raspberry and aim to target functional agronomically-important traits.