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I am a molecular fungal biologist and BBSRC Future Leader Fellow / Lecturer at the University of Bath. I am motivated to discover new ways to fight major fungal diseases that threaten our food security and health. I focus on the cereal pathogen Fusarium graminearum and the food spoilage mould Aspergillus nidulans, which produce harmful toxins that can contaminate our food. A fungal pathogen landing on a plant must decide if it is suitable, where to infect, and when to deploy different virulence strategies. The goal of this research is to discover how fungal pathogens sense the ‘touch and taste’ of their host environment. This research has the applied objective to determine if a pathogen’s sense of ‘touch and taste’ can then be targeted through the development of novel antifungals to prevent disease and toxin contamination.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Pathogenesis and Crop Protection, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 22 Dec 2011

Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Master of Research, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Sept 2007

Applied Biology, Bachelor of Science, University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

External positions

BBSRC Future Leader Fellow, Rothamsted Research

1 Apr 2016 → …

Post-doctoral Researcher, Rothamsted Research

5 Jan 201531 Mar 2016

CNPq Young Talent Fellow, University of São Paulo

1 Apr 201331 Dec 2014

FAPESP postdoctoral fellow, University of São Paulo

2 Jan 201230 Mar 2013


  • Fungal Pathogenesis
  • Crop Protection
  • Mycotoxins
  • Sensing
  • Fusarium
  • Aspergillus


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