Project: Elucidating the function of a molecular weapon from the plant destroyer P. infestans
Supervisor: Dr Mark Banfield (JIC)
I was brought up with a real passion for the natural world and have always been fascinated by whole organisms. However, during my time as an undergraduate at the University of Leeds I realised just how wonderful the field of molecular biology is. Going on to doctoral study was an easy choice to make. I enjoyed learning about Biology so much it felt like more of a natural progression than a career decision. The only real thought I had to give it was what would my PhD be in?
In the end I chose the project at the John Innes Centre in order to join what I feel is a very vibrant, dynamic research group which currently uses a set of techniques I thought would benefit me in my future career. My project is to investigate how, at a molecular level, a specific effector protein secreted by P. infestans is able to interfere with host immune response in order to facilitate infection with the ultimate goal of developing resistance.
The JIC, and NRP as a whole, is a fantastic place to work and study. There’s a definite sense that you’re joining a truly world leading research institute.