NIAB - National Institute of Agricultural Botany

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Dr Tina Barsby

Tina is the CEO of NIAB, a plant geneticist well-known for her scientific achievements and significant experience in the agricultural crop sector. Tina has led and managed multifaceted, product driven, research and development programmes in North America and UK/mainland Europe.

Dr Alison Bentley
Co-I WP3

Alison Bentley is the Director of Genetics and Breeding at NIAB and leads NIAB trait genetics research programme.

Dr Emma Wallington
Co-I WP3

Emma Wallington is the transformation programme leader at NIAB with over 20 years experience in molecular biology supporting construct making, vector development and analysis of transgenic plants within academia and industry. Emma is responsible for the development and progression of internal and collaborative academic research activities and also the contract service provision for external customers which currently includes wheat, barley, rice and OSR transformation.

Aleksander Ligeza
Research Scientist WP3

In CINTRIN, Alek is developing novel high throughput methods of plant phenotyping in a field and a glasshouse. His main interest is to find the link between and root architecture and nitrogen use efficiency.

Dr Matthew Milner
Postdoctoral Researcher WP3

Matt role in CINTRIN is to translate knowledge gained on NUE from other plant species (arabidopsis, rice etc.) to identify candidates genes or pathways for genetic manipulation in wheat.

Professor Mario Caccamo

A computer scientist by training, Mario has over 15 years’ experience in life science research and big data, including specific projects to apply the latest DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics methods to advance scientific understanding of crop genetics and the interaction of agricultural crops with their environment.

Tally Wright
Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Although not directly part of CINTRIN, Tally’s PhD project has some very similar themes. He is working with wheat to investigate the contribution of flag leaf, ear and awns to overall yield. This involves analysing the remobilisation of Nitrogen and Carbon during grain filling.

Toby Barber

Toby is a PhD student and will be testing new genomic methods to accelerate genetic gain for UK wheat improvement. The aim is to provide marker information of current relevance and as well as a genomic selection model for future use, with a particular focus on agronomically significant traits, such as yield and nitrogen use efficiency (NUE).