Research Fellow

Andy Foster

Andy Foster

Bio

In 1996 I started my PhD in the group of Prof. Talbot working on the role of trehalose metabolism in the pathogenic lifestyle of the rice blast fungus. I was awarded my PhD in 2000 and following almost two years as a senior postdoctoral fellow at TSL, in 2002 I moved to the Institute for Biotechnology and Drug Research in Kaiserslautern Germany where I led a group of researchers investigating the genetic basis of the pathogenicity of Magnaporthe oryzae and Zymoseptoria tritici. In 2015 I returned to Exeter to take on the role of managing a large research laboratory. In 2016 I took on the position of post-doctoral researcher within the group of Prof. Talbot investigating the role of septins in the M. oryzae infection process. I recently developed a Crispr-based gene editing procedure for M. oryzae. I am a regular reviewer for several key journals in my field.

Job history

  • 2018 -

    Research Fellow

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2016 - 2018

    Research Fellow

    University of Exeter
  • 2014 - 2016

    Lab Manager

    University of Exeter, UK
  • 2012 - 2013

    Teacher

    Bilbao
  • 2002 - 2012

    Research Fellow then Group Leader

    IBWF, Kaiserslautern
  • 2001 - 2002

    Research Fellow

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 1995 - 2000

    PhD student/Postdoc

    University of Exeter, UK