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School research expertise
Research themesTitleNameAreas of research (keywords)

Animal and livestock

Fundamental biology

Professor Ramiro Alberio

Developmental Biology

  • stem cells
  • embryos
  • development
  • epigenetics
  • germ cells

Plant and crop

Soil and environment

Sustainable agriculture

Dr Kamal Alskaf

Sustainable Agriculture

  • climate smart agriculture
  • sustainable soil management
  • conservation agriculture
  • agroecology
  • farmer behaviour
  • multimodal training

Animal and livestock

Advanced technology

Fundamental biology

Nutrition and health

Associate Professor Ravinder Anand-Ivell

Physiology and Endocrinology

  • health across the lifespan
  • control systems of reproduction
  • cells and hormones
  • lifestyle
  • nutrition
  • and healthy ageing
  • environmental endocrine disruption

Nutrition and health

Associate Professor Amanda Avery

Nutrition and Dietetics

  • diet and health
  • infant nutrition
  • pregnancy
  • weight management
  • diabetes

Plant and crop

Assistant Professor Hassan Bagheri

Horticulture

  • fruit ripening
  • postharvest biology
  • molecular mechanism
  • ethylene
  • shelf life extension of fresh produce

Soil and environment

Associate Professor Liz Bailey

Associate Professor in Environmental Geochemistry

  • soil Chemistry
  • trace elements
  • pollution
  • micronutrients
  • radioisotopes

Plant and crop

Associate Professor Leah Band

Mathematical Modelling of Biological Processes

  • multiscale modelling
  • plant hormones
  • growth and development
  • systems biology

Advanced technology

Fundamental biology

Plant and crop

Soil and environment

Professor Malcolm Bennett

Plant Science

  • root development
  • phenotyping
  • systems biology
  • root-soil interactions
  • abiotic stress

Animal and livestock

Nutrition and health

Professor John Brameld

Nutritional Biochemistry

  • regulation of body composition
  • growth and metabolism
  • alternative protein sources and gut digestion
  • molecular and cellular nutrition

Plant and crop

Sustainable agriculture

Dr Alexandra Burgess

Fellow in Plant Physiology

  • canopy architecture
  • photosynthesis
  • 3D reconstruction
  • alternative cropping systems
  • plant physiology

Plant and crop

Microbiology

Associate Professor Gabriel Castrillo

Plant-Microbiome Interactions

  • plant microbiome
  • plant nutrition
  • ionome
  • root architecture
  • molecular mechanisms

Microbiology

Animal and livestock

Food and drink

Professor Ian Connerton

Microbiology

  • food Safety
  • gut microbiota
  • bacteriophage
  • campylobacter
  • pre biotics
  • pro biotics

Food and drink

Professor David Cook

Brewing Science and Technology

  • beer flavour and flavour stability
  • malting science and technology
  • brewing raw materials quality and functionality
  • sustainable innovations in malting and brewing
  • improving sensory quality of low alcohol beers

Soil and environment

Assistant Professor Sarah Cook

Water Quality and Hydrology

  • fluvial carbon losses
  • pollutant pathways
  • waterbody greenhouse gas emissions
  • microplastics
  • citizen science

Food and drink

Nutrition and health

Assistant Professor Tristan Dew

Nutritional Biochemistry

  • metabolomics
  • mass spectrometry
  • molecular phenomics
  • polyphenols
  • functional foods

Plant and crop

Assistant Professor Stella Edwards

Plant Physiology, Photosynthesis, Cereal Genetics

  • photosynthesis
  • plant physiology
  • cereal genetics
  • cytogenetics
  • wheat

Food and drink

Nutrition and health

Assistant Professor Sally Eldeghaidy

Neuroimaging

  • brain-gut axis
  • sensory perception and individual variation
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • altered eating behaviour
  • appetite and satiety

Animal and livestock

Nutrition and health

Assistant Professor Matthew Elmes

Nutritional Science

  • developmental origins of disease
  • pregnancy outcomes
  • reproduction
  • infant nutrition
  • cardiovascular disease

Fundamental biology

Plant and crop

Dr Sina Fischer

Ion Homeostasis

  • whole genome duplication
  • arabidopsis thalinana
  • neo-tetraploids
  • ionome
  • expression

Food and drink

Professor Ian Fisk

Flavour

  • flavour
  • food chemistry
  • salt reduction
  • aroma release
  • hyperspectral imaging

Fundamental biology

Advanced technology

Plant and crop

Professor Rupert Fray

RNA Biology and Nucleotide Modifications

  • epitranscriptomics
  • mRNA
  • pot-transcriptional

Sustainable agriculture

Plant and crop

Nutrition and health

Food and drink

Fundamental biology

Assistant Professor Zinnia Gonzalez-carranza

Plant Sciences

  • mezquite
  • rural and indigenous communities
  • plant development
  • sustainable development goals
  • molecular mechanisms

Food and drink

Assistant Professor Joanne Gould

Food Science

  • food processing
  • food structure
  • extrusion
  • protein
  • insects

Plant and crop

Dr Neil Graham

Plant Mineral Nutrition

  • plant nutrition
  • biofortification
  • root architecture
  • gene mapping

Plant and crop

Assistant Professor Surbhi Grewal

Wheat Genetics

  • wheat wild relatives
  • introgressiomics
  • wheat cytogenetics
  • KASP markers
  • wheat genomics

Food and drink

Assistant Professor Louise Hewson

Sensory and Consumer Science

  • multimodal perception
  • consumer behaviour
  • determinants of food choice
  • healthy eating and sensory
  • oral processing

Microbiology

Associate Professor Phil Hill

Molecular Microbiology

  • staphylococcus aureus
  • gene control
  • sortase
  • drug screening

Microbiology

Assistant Professor Laura Hobley

Microbiology

  • biofilms
  • predatory bacteria
  • bdellovibrio bacteriovorus
  • klebsiella pneumoniae
  • bacterial interactions

Microbiology

Associate Professor Jon Hobman

Microbiology

  • antibiotic resistance
  • antimicrobial metal resistance
  • toxic metals
  • mobile genetic elements
  • escherichia coli 

Plant and crop

Fundamental biology

Sustainable agriculture

Professor Michael Holdsworth

Crop Science

  • oxygen-sensing
  • abiotic stress
  • ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis
  • plant genetics

Nutrition and health

Assistant Professor Preeti Jethwa

Human Nutrition

  • appetite
  • energy balance
  • metabolic diseases
  • micronutrient deficiencies
  • neuro
  • gut-peptides

Plant and crop

Professor Julie King

Wheat Wild Relative Introgression

  • wheat
  • introgression
  • genotyping
  • cytogenetics

Nutrition and health

Soil and environment

Sustainable agriculture

Plant and crop

Dr Diriba Kumssa

Bioscience

  • agroforestry
  • forestry
  • geographic information science
  • biofortification
  • dietary mineral nutrition

Food and drink

Microbiology

Nutrition and health

Assistant Professor Stephen Lawrence

Brewing and Functional Beverages

  • brewing
  • functional beverages
  • microbiology
  • food safety
  • aptamer

Soil and environment

Associate Professor Barry Lomax

Plant and Climate Interactions Through Time

  • palynomorph chemistry
  • chemotaxonomy
  • environmental change

Animal and livestock

Sustainable agriculture

Associate Professor Jean Margerison

Animal Science

  • nutrition
  • physiology
  • behaviour
  • emissions
  • sustainability

Food and drink

Nutrition and health

Plant and crop

Sustainable agriculture

Associate Professor Sean Mayes

Crop Genetics

  • underutilised crops
  • quantitative genetics
  • trait inheritance
  • global food and nutritional security
  • genetic diversity

Food and drink

Plant and crop

Advanced technology

Sustainable agriculture

Assistant Professor Guillermina Mendiondo

Translational Crop Science

  • abiotic stress
  • crops
  • molecular biology
  • germination
  • crop physiology

Soil and environment

Professor Sacha Mooney

Soil Science

  • soil science
  • root-soil interactions (rhizosphere)
  • sustainable soil management
  • soil health
  • X-ray imaging

Animal and livestock

Microbiology

Fundamental biology

Soil and environment

Assistant Professor Ellen Nisbet

Microbiology

  • dinoflagellate algae
  • mitochondria genome
  • apicomplexa
  • plasmodium
  • RNA processing

Food and drink

Fundamental biology

Microbiology

Assistant Professor Chris Powell

Yeast and Fermentation Science

  • yeast
  • brewing
  • fermentation
  • microbiology
  • microbial physiology

Plant and crop

Soil and environment

Sustainable agriculture

Assistant Professor Amanda Rasmussen

Plant Physiology

  • adventitious roots
  • plant physiology
  • maize
  • cutting propagation

Plant and crop

Sustainable agriculture

Professor Rumiana Ray

Plant Pathology

  • disease resistance
  • host-pathogen-pest interactions
  • mycotoxins
  • physiology of disease
  • integrated disease management

Microbiology

Associate Professor Cath Rees

Applied Microbiology

  • mycobacterial infections
  • listeria molecular biology
  • bacteriophage applications
  • diagnostics
  • food safety

Fundamental biology

Associate Professor David Scott

Structural Biology and Biophysics

  • structural Biology
  • biophysics
  • physical biochemistry
  • protein crystallography
  • cryo Electron Microscopy

Food and drink

Animal and livestock

Sustainable agriculture

Assistant Professor Christina Siettou

Agricultural Economics

  • economics
  • animal health
  • animal welfare
  • consumer behaviour
  • food

Sustainable agriculture

Plant and crop

Professor Debbie Sparkes

Agronomy

  • crop physiology
  • crop management
  • sustainable agriculture
  • agronomy
  • regenerative agriculture

Advanced technology

Fundamental biology

Microbiology

Sustainable agriculture

Soil and environment

Animal and livestock

Plant and crop

Professor Dov Stekel

Computational Biology

  • mathematical models
  • computer models
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • microbiology
  • agriculture and environment

Fundamental biology

Associate Professor Carl Stevenson

Neuroscience

  • fear learning and memory
  • neuropharmacology
  • sex differences
  • animal models
  • anxiety

Fundamental biology

Associate Professor Reinhard Stoger

Molecular Biology and Epigenetics

  • DNA modificatons
  • gene-environment interactions
  • epigenetic clocks
  • developmental programming
  • gene dosage

Plant and crop

Sustainable agriculture

Associate Professor Ranjan Swarup

Molecular Biology and Genetics

  • root and lateral root development
  • auxin
  • molecular mechanisms
  • biostimulants
  • global food security

Plant and crop

Fundamental biology

Sustainable agriculture

Assistant Professor Ute Voss

Plant Science

  • plant development
  • root architecture
  • plant hormones
  • auxin
  • stress response

Nutrition and health

Associate Professor Simon Welham

Nutritional Science

  • mineral micronutrients
  • maternal nutrition
  • fetal programming
  • food security
  • renal development and disease

Advanced technology

Plant and crop

Fundamental biology

Dr Darren Wells

Principal Research Fellow in Plant and Crop Biophysics

  • plant physiology
  • plant phenotyping
  • tropisms
  • imaging technology
  • anatomics

Sustainable agriculture

Professor Paul Wilson

Agricultural Economics

  • sustainability
  • agricultural systems
  • technical efficiency
  • farmer behaviour
  • food choice

Plant and crop

Professor Zoe Wilson

Plant Developmental Biology - Plant Reproduction

  • pollen and anther development
  • plant reproduction
  • abiotic stress
  • plant gene networks
  • crop fertility

Advanced technology

Food and drink

Dr Gleb Yakubov

Soft Matter Biomaterials and Bio interfaces

  • physical chemistry
  • colloids
  • Mucin
  • polysaccharides
  • atomic force microscopy

Food and drink

Assistant Professor Ni Yang

Flavour Science

  • spicy food
  • chilli Flavour
  • flavour release
  • sustainable flavour
  • novel flavour application
  • multimodal training.

Food and drink

Assistant Professor Qian Yang

Sensory and Consumer Science

  • sensory
  • consumer behaviour
  • sustainability
  • individual variation
  • smart technology
       

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