Since 2017, Sarah has worked as a Group Leader in the Genetics & Breeding Department at NIAB. With a background in bioinformatics, Sarah’s research focuses on exploring genetic diversity within crop species and their close relatives and developing data resources for the community. Her species of interest include cassava (Manihot esculenta) and common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).
GCRF-BBR: Developing a hybrid bean collection to advance climate-ready bean breeding: Duration: May 2018- May 2023; Partners: NIAB (lead; International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia; Funding: BBSRC (BB/R01504X/1)
Pont et al., Tracing the ancestry of modern bread wheats (2019) Nature Genetics 51:905–91
Cocker et al., Primula vulgaris (primrose) genome assembly, annotation and gene expression, with comparative genomics on the heterostyly supergene (2018) Scientific Reports 8:17942
Mascher et al., A chromosome conformation capture ordered sequence of the barley genome (2017) Nature 544:427-433
Beier et al., Construction of a map-based reference genome sequence for barley, Hordeum vulgare L. (2017) Scientific Data, doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.44
Eckes et al., Introducing the Brassica Information Portal: Towards integrating genotypic and phenotypic Brassica crop data (2017) F1000Research 6:465