I’m currently working as a postdoctoral scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory. My research is on the pathogenic fungus Magnaporthe oryzae, the causal agent of rice blast disease. This fungus can cause up to 100% yield losses, and destroys enough rice to feed between 200 million and 700 million people every year. As part of my PhD and postdoctoral research, I have studied the impacts of crop losses and the devastating famines that they can cause.
My two previous degrees were a BSc in Plant Biology, and an MRes in Molecular Plant Biology and Biotechnology. For my BSc, I shared lectures with the main-stream biologists, so I also have a grounding in human biology, animal biology, pharmaceutical research etc.