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My background is in molecular biology and specifically in plant molecular biology. Currently, I am interested in the strategies plants employ to resist attack by plants and pathogens, specifically the role of plant cell wall proteins (such as extensin) in this process.
My research area is in the production of transgenic plants which express proteins which allow them to to resist attack by plants and pathogens
I teach first year modules on molecular biology, second year modules on detailed applications of molecular biology to medicine and agriculture, third modules on how plants resist attack by pests and pathogens and MSc modules on Plant Biotechnology, and Techniques of Molecular Biology.
All these modules have a strong practical component.
I am interested in the public understanding of science and frequently give invited lectures to local Schools.
I was involved in isolating and investigating the role of cell wall proteins in plant development during my time at Durham University (Prof. Boulter's group) both as a PhD student and as a Senior Demonstrator.
I am willing to take on PhD students who are interested in my research areas.