Staff within the research theme

Dr Florian Busch

Dr Florian Busch

Lecturer

School of Biosciences

Dr Florian Busch is a theoretical and experimental plant physiologist interested in all aspects of photosynthesis. His focus is on linking different photosynthetic processes with mathematical models to study the biochemical limitations of carbon fixation and to gain a quantitative understanding of how plant carbon uptake responds to changes in the environment.

Email
f.a.busch@bham.ac.uk

Dr Marco Catoni

Dr Marco Catoni

Lecturer in Plant Biology

School of Biosciences

Dr Catoni integrates computational biology with a range of experimental molecular biology approaches to study the epigenetic mechanisms controlling genome plasticity in plants.

The group investigates the relations between epigenetic and evolution, and develops epigenetic-based approaches to improve plant production, to support a more sustainable agriculture.

View Marco Catoni's Lab Website

Email
m.catoni@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics

School of Biosciences

Dr Coates's research interests include development, evolution, plant science and cell biology - in particular understanding how plants made the transition to land and how they survived once they got there. Dr Coates has a very strong interest in supporting inclusion and diversity in research, teaching and academic processes.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45478
Email
j.c.coates@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lindsey Jane Compton

Dr Lindsey Jane Compton

Lecturer in Genetics

School of Biosciences

Dr Compton is a Lecturer in Genetics in the School of Biosciences and her work is focused on understanding the genetic basis of complex traits in crops and the application of this knowledge for improving crop breeding. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5883
Email
l.j.compton@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Franklin

Professor Chris Franklin

Emeritus Professor of Plant Molecular Biology

School of Biosciences

Chris Franklin is a leading expert on meiosis in plants. Work in his laboratory has made a major contribution to the understanding of how meiotic recombination is controlled in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. This knowledge is currently being transferred to crop species where the ability to modify genetic recombination will help plant breeders develop the new varieties that will be needed ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2500
Email
f.c.h.franklin@bham.ac.uk

Professor Noni Franklin-Tong

Professor Noni Franklin-Tong

Emeritus Professor of Plant Cell Biology
Research Fellow

School of Biosciences

Noni Franklin-Tong’s research focuses on the cellular mechanisms involved in the model cell-cell recognition system of self-incompatibility (SI) in Papaver rhoeas (the Field Poppy). She is recognized at an international level for her work elucidating the cellular mechanisms responsible for regulating the rejection of “self” pollen.

Sexual reproduction in higher plants ...

Email
v.e.franklin-tong@bham.ac.uk

Professor Daniel Gibbs

Professor Daniel Gibbs

Professorial Fellow

School of Biosciences

Prof Gibbs' group studies how plants use targeted protein degradation as a mechanism for sensing and transducing signals and regulating cellular processes, with a particular focus on the N-degron pathway of the ubiquitin proteasome system.  The group uses a range of genetic, cell biology and biochemical approaches to uncover new functions for protein degradation in the control of growth, ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 5309
Email
d.gibbs@bham.ac.uk

Prof. Robert Jackson

Prof. Robert Jackson

Chair in Tree Pathology
Deputy Head of School

School of Biosciences

Professor Rob Jackson is an expert in bacteria-plant interactions, making major contributions to the understanding of how pathogens cause disease and how pathogens evolve to evade host immunity. He also has interests in applied biology questions relating to biocontrol approaches to treat plant diseases.

Telephone
0121 414 5886
Email
r.w.jackson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Graeme Kettles

Dr Graeme Kettles

Lecturer in Plant Pathology

School of Biosciences

Dr Graeme Kettles is a molecular plant pathologist with diverse interests across the range of biotic threats that plants encounter. His most recent projects involved study of the virulence strategies used by fungal pathogens of wheat. He is currently establishing a program of tree pathology at Birmingham, in collaboration with the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR).

Telephone
(+44) 0121 4145574
Email
g.j.kettles@bham.ac.uk

Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

Lecturer in Plant Pathology

School of Biosciences

Originally from Spain, Dr Estrella Luna-Diez is a plant pathologist working in the UK since early 2009. Her work is aimed towards plant protection and biosecurity. Dr Luna-Diez studies the sophisticated immune system of plants in order to exploit their resistance capacity to a maximum.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8699
Email
e.lunadiez@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nigel Maxted

Professor Nigel Maxted

Chair in Plant Genetic Conservation

School of Biosciences

Nigel Maxted is Professor of Plant Genetic Conservation, with specific expertise in in situ and ex situ conservation related to crops, their wild relative and other socio-economically important plants.

Nigel has led National, European and International crop, their wild relative and other socio-economically important plant conservation projects with funding from international (FAO, GEF, Bioversity ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45571
Email
n.maxted@bham.ac.uk

Dr Megan McDonald

Dr Megan McDonald

Birmingham Fellow

School of Biosciences

Megan uses next-generation sequencing tools identify and characterise virulence genes from fungal pathogens of wheat and barley. To do this Megan has worked extensively with long-read de novo genome assembly, genome annotation and transposon annotation. Megan’s background is in population genetics of plant pathogens, studying their origins and global movement during her graduate studies. ...

Email
m.c.mcdonald@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor of Life Sciences Education
Director of Education, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham University Teaching Fellow (BUTF)

School of Biosciences

I am a Professor of Life Sciences Education at the University of Birmingham and Director of Education or the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES). My research career started with roots in Wales and focused on aphids in Birmingham with stops in the USA, New Zealand and Europe in between. I started looking at single cells under the ground and now as director of Education for the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45570
Email
j.pritchard@bham.ac.uk

Dr Mojgan Rabiey

Dr Mojgan Rabiey

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Biosciences

Dr Mojgan Rabiey is experts in molecular plant-microbe interaction. She works on biological control of tree diseases caused by bacteria. Her main interest is the evolution of tree pathogenic bacteria and bacteriophages, and how bacteriophages can be utilised as an alternative to antibiotics to control fungal and bacterial diseases in plants.

Email
m.rabiey@bham.ac.uk