Before joining the EI as a PhD student, I completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.
During my degree I undertook an eight-week summer placement at the EI in the Hall Group under the supervision of Dr Mark McMullan, where I was working on the Sea beet/Sugar beet system.
I am now working under Dr McMullan’s supervision in my capacity as a PhD student, in which I am studying the ash/ash dieback system. Ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) is an invasive fungal pathogen of ash trees that originates in far-eastern Eurasia and has decimated European ash populations, including those here in the UK. The focus of my project is to generate a better understanding of the genetic diversity of the pathogen in its native range, as well as elucidating the areas of the ash genome associated with better survival in the presence of the pathogen.