Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science
Natalie recently joined the division of Plant and Crop Sciences as a lecturer. Her current research areas focus on: understanding the genetic basis of plant resistance and fine mapping fruit quality traits in tomato. Other interests include identifying and profiling expression of key genes of agronomic interest.
Current Research Interests:
Regulation of global gene expression
QTL mapping of fruit quality traits
Convenor for the third year and master ' Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants' module.
My group is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in disease resistance in crops. Current projects investigate plant responses to viral and fungal pathogens in tomato and pepper.… read more
My group is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in disease resistance in crops. Current projects investigate plant responses to viral and fungal pathogens in tomato and pepper. In order to do this we use a range of different techniques to explore all aspects of the gene expression pathway. In collaboration with Professor Graham Seymour we are investigating the role of natural intra-species epigenetic variation and its impact on fruit phenotypes.
My previous research involved mapping of important postharvest traits including fine mapping a major tomato texture QTL on chromosome 2 (Chapman et al., 2012). In collaboration with Professor Graham Seymour and Syngenta Seeds Ltd, two international trait patent applications has been filed (W02011/051120 AI and WO2013/153237 AI). Prior to this my PhD conducted at the John Innes Centre focused on the identification and mapping of molecular markers for eyespot resistance in wheat using a number of molecular techniques including; cDNA-AFLP and PCR based marker platforms.
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