Areas of expertise

  • Agrifood Systems


Plant molecular biologist specializing in plant gene editing and protoplast technologies. Graduated from the University of Bristol in 2020, with my Master's project focusing on the use of 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. 

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 ( 

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.

Current activities

Currently a PhD student, developing gene editing methods in raspberry to accelerate and enhance breeding in elite cultivars. My work focuses on developing novel methods of protoplast regeneration (enzymatic removal of plant cell wall to enable DNA/RNA/protein translocation) in raspberry for the development of non-transgenic cultivars with advantageous agronomic traits that promote sustainable agriculture.