The University of Cambridge has elected Dr Giles Oldroyd to the Russel R Geiger Professorship of Crop Science, leading the Crop Science Centre partnership with NIAB. As Director Professor Oldroyd will be based in the Crop Science Building at NIAB’s new headquarters on Lawrence Weaver Road, opening in 2020.
Currently a research group leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) Professor Oldroyd received his BA in Plant Biology in 1994 from the University of East Anglia and his PhD in 1998 from the University of California, Berkeley. He began work in symbiotic associations in plants as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, California, under the guidance of Professor Sharon Long.
Professor Oldroyd started his independent research career in 2002 as a BBSRC David Philips Fellow at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. He joined SLCU as a group leader in November 2017. He has been honoured with the Society of Experimental Biology President’s Medal, a Royal Society Wolfson Research merit award, the EMBO Young Investigator award and now leads an international programme focused on engineering nitrogen-fixing cereals funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Oldroyd is an editor at The Plant Cell and faculty member of the Faculty of 1000, Plant Biology.