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Dr Richard Harrison

Director of Cambridge Crop Research

T: 01223 342200Dr Richard Harrison
E: Richard Harrison
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Richard is responsible for the overall scientific direction, development and management of NIAB’s crop genetics and breeding, pathology, and crop variety characterisation at Cambridge. This includes a leading role in the development of the Cambridge Centre for Crop Science (3CS), a collaborative initiative between NIAB and the University of Cambridge.

He completed his PhD in systems biology at the University of Manchester, followed by a Medical Research Council Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh in bioinformatics and population genetics. Before taking up his current role in 2019, Richard joined East Malling Research (now NIAB EMR) in 2011 as a research leader, becoming head of the genetics, genomics and breeding department in 2016. He coordinated seven research group themes at NIAB EMR, including applied crop breeding, imaging and precision agriculture, new technology, statistical genomics, fruit quality and plant development. His own research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of complex traits, such as the interactions between plants and microbes.

Richard is a member of the BBSRC Agri-food Strategic Advisory Panel, the KTN Plant Science advisory board, and the BBSRC pool of experts.