Teaching Interests

Teaching Activities

  • Molecules Genes and Cells (BIO-4013Y)
  • Skills for Biologists (BIO-4008Y)
  • Plant Biology (BIO-5006A)
  • Genetics (BIO-5009A)
  • Clinical Genetics (BIO-5011A)
  • Microbiology (BIO-5015B)
  • Molecular Biology (BIO-5003B)
  • Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (BIO-6007A)
  • Genomes, Genes and Genomics (BIO-6013A)
  • Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics (BIO-7012A)
  • Plant Breeding (BIO-7003A)
  • Plant Genomics and Biotechnology (BIO-7001B)
  • Target traits for Crop Improvement (BIO-7002B)
  • Laboratory Research Project (BIO-7033X)
  • Practical Skills in Plant Molecular Genetics (BIO-7015Y)
  • Research Project Plan (BIO-7014B)

I have a long-standing interest in genetics and its application in addressing important questions in biology. My own research in plant-microbe interactions has exploited genetic approaches to investigate the molecular basis of plant defence mechanisms to microbial pathogens. I also have a strong interest in modern genetic approaches that will help solve some major challenges facing mankind, such as human health and particularly crop improvement.  As a Senior Lecturer (ATS) my primary focus is on teaching and scholarship activities at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. I am module organizer for genetics-focused modules at levels 5 and 6 (BIO-5009A and BIO-6013A) and a major contributor to teaching on the Molecules Genes and Cells module (BIO-4013Y) at level 4. I also teach plant biology at levels 4 and 5 (BIO-4013Y and BIO-5006A) and, together with colleagues from the John Innes Centre (JIC), at level 6 on the module Plant Biotechnology for sustainable Food Production (BIO-6025B). I am also the UEA Course Director for the one-year M-level course in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement. This course is jointly delivered with our colleagues at JIC together with significant input from the UK plant breeding industry. This course has a strong focus on plant genetics and it’s applications to crop improvement through conventional breeding, genetic modification and the use of novel genome editing technologies.    


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