Dr Shona Strachan

Postdoctoral Scientist
The 2Blades Group

I am interested in the plant-pathogen interaction, in particular the role of resistance genes to confer immunity. My PhD research focused on the mapping of the H2 resistance gene against the potato pathogenic nematode, Globodera pallida.

Since joining the 2Blades group the aim of my research is to identify and map new sources of resistance against the rust fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi.


Strachan SM, Armstrong MR, Kaur A, Wright KM, Lim TY, Baker K, Jones J, Bryan G, Blok V, Hein I (2019)

Mapping the H2 resistance effective against Globodera pallida pathotype Pa1 in tetraploid potato. Theor Appl Genet. 2019 Apr;132(4):1283-1294. doi: 10.1007/s00122-019-03278-4. Epub 2019 Jan 21.

Armstrong MR, Vossen J, Lim TY, Hutten RCB, Xu J, Strachan SM, Harrower B, Champouret N, Gilroy EM, Hein I (2018)

Tracking disease resistance deployment in potato breeding by enrichment sequencing. Plant Biotechnol J. 2019 Feb;17(2):540-549. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12997. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

Baker K, Stephen G, Strachan S, Armstrong M, Hein I (2018)

BLASTmap: A Shiny-Based Application to Visualize BLAST Results as Interactive Heat Maps and a Tool to Design Gene-Specific Baits for Bespoke Target Enrichment Sequencing. Methods Mol Biol. 2018;1848:199-206. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-8724-5_14.

Job History

2020 – present Postdoctoral Scientist, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK

2018 – 2020 Postdoctoral Scientist, The Pirbright Institute, Pirbright, UK

2014 – 2018 PhD Candidate, The James Hutton Institute, UK

2010 – 2014 BSc(Hons) Molecular Genetics, University of Dundee, UK