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CINTRIN Partner - University of Cambridge

Professor Howard Griffith
Co-I WP2
Department of Plant Sciences

Howard is a Physiological Ecologist with longstanding experience on the use of stable isotopes to evaluate carbon, water and N use in crops and natural vegetation. He collaborates with NIAB on the use of plant physiological techniques to evaluate wheat populations. Most recently he has pioneered the use of 15N labelling to track the partitioning of N and allocation to dry matter and grain in wheat in collaboration with AB (NIAB). He is Co-Chair of the University Strategic Initiative in Global Food Security, and has been active in establishing an agreement for joint Crop Science Centres between the Cambridge University and the Government of India.

Dr Stephanie Swarbreck
Postdoctoral Researcher WP2
Plant Sciences

Within the CINTRIN project, Stephanie’s role is to establish methods using stable N isotope to investigate NUE in wheat. 15N labelled NH4NO3 or urea is applied to soil grown plants, sample collection after a set time (24h, a week or until plants have reached maturity) and analysis using mass spec allow for a quantification of NUE, as well as recovery, or partitioning depending on the N source.

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser
Co-I WP1
Sainsbury Laboratory

Ottoline is interested in developmental plasticity and using the effects of nitrogen supply on shoot branching as our model system. Her research group is interested in how plant hormones integrate environmental inputs, such as N supply, with developmental factors, such as axial position, to regulate the activity of axillary meristems.

Dr Stephanie Smith
Postdoctoral Researcher WP1
Sainsbury Laboratory

Stephanie is investigating the control of shoot branching by nitrate availability in the model monocot plant Brachypodium distachyon. Nitrate is a key source of fixed nitrogen (N) for plant nutrition. This project represents one aspect of a collaborative effort to optimise N-use in agriculture, the Cambridge-India Network for Translational Research in Nitrogen (CINTRIN), which is led by NIAB, Cambridge. The optimisation of N-use - particularly in countries such as India, which currently rely on heavy N-inputs - has the potential to bring many agricultural, economic and environmental benefits.

Dr Mariana Fazenda
Project Coordinator
University of Cambridge & NIAB

Mariana works as the Innovation & Enterprise Project Officer at the University of Cambridge enabling translational research activities in Plant Sciences (, in particular she coordinates CINTRIN.