Dr Brian Rigney

Postdoctoral Scientist
The 2Blades Group

From an upbringing on a profitable farming enterprise I have always been aware of the constant need for crop improvement, either through the cultivating of new varieties with agronomic or economic benefits. This inherent curiosity in crop improvement has ignited my interest is developing new methods for the application of molecular genetics and genomics-based approaches as selection tools in plant breeding.

Currently, I am working within the 2 Blades research group at TSL, with the overall aim to identify durable sources of resistance against the plant pathogen Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the causal pathogen of Asian Soybean Rust.


Rigney B, Blok V, Griffin D, Dalton E, Milbourne D (2016)

Consistent action of two partially effective loci conferring resistance to Globodera pallida Pa2/3 across multiple nematode field populations. Plant Pathology doi: 10.1111/ppa.12640

Destefanis M, Nagy I, Rigney B, Bryan GJ, McLean K, Hein I, Griffin D, Milbourne D (2015)

A disease resistance locus on potato and tomato chromosome 4 exhibits a conserved multipartite structure displaying different rates of evolution in different lineages. BMC plant biology 2015, 15:255.

Job History

2016 – Present Postdoctoral scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich

2012 – 2016 PhD student, University College Dublin/ Teagasc Oak Park

2010 – 2011 Mres Crop for the Future, University of Dundee

2006 – 2010 BSc in Biotechnology, National University of Ireland, Galway.