Dr Jan Bettgenhaeuser

Postdoctoral Scientist
Matthew Moscou Group

My research interests concern the host range of stripe rust, particularly what genes condition resistance to this pathogen in grasses taxonomically distant to wheat. My work focuses on Brachypodium distachyon, a small and non-domesticated grass which has developed into a monocot model species. However, I am also utilising the genetic resources we developed to look at standing genetic variation for other traits, such as vernalisation dependency for flowering.


Bettgenhaeuser J, Corke FM, Opanowicz M, Green P, Hernández-Pinzón I, Doonan JH, Moscou MJ (2016)

Natural variation in Brachypodium links vernalization and flowering time loci as major flowering determinants. Plant Physiol. 2016 Sep 20. pii: pp.00813.2016.

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Dawson AM, Bettgenhaeuser J, Gardiner M, Green P, Hernández-Pinzón I, Hubbard A, Moscou MJ (2015)

The development of quick, robust, quantitative phenotypic assays for describing the host–nonhost landscape to stripe rust. Front. Plant Sci., 27 October 2015

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Bettgenhaeuser J, Gilbert B, Ayliffe M, Moscou MJ (2014)

Nonhost resistance to rust pathogens – a continuation of continua. Front. Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00664

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Job History

2016 – present Post-Doctoral Researcher, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK.

2012 – 2016 PhD Student, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK.

2008 – 2012 BSc Student, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2010 – 2011 Exchange Student, University of California, USA.