I am interested in the development of durable disease resistance in major crops through the use of gene cloning, genetic modification and modern breeding techniques.
During my PhD I aim to clone several genes which confer resistance to the potato pathogens PLRV (potato leafroll virus) and Phytophthora infestans in tetraploid potato and its wild diploid relative Solanum americanum. To do this I will be using exome capture and next generation sequencing coupled with different mapping techniques to identify candidate resistance genes.
I also aim to use this knowledge to develop potato varieties with elevated resistance to these pathogens by transfer of major resistance genes through introgression and genetic modification.
PhD StudentThe Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
2018 - 2019
MSc Student – Plant Genetics and Crop ImprovementUniversity of East Anglia, Norwich
2015 - 2018
BSc Student – Biological SciencesUniversity of East Anglia, Norwich
Solanum americanum genome-assisted discovery of immune receptors that detect potato late blight pathogen effectors