Staff

Mr Federico Marangelli

Research interests

Since August 2019, Federico works as Research Technician for the ENSA project.

Research projects

BioLaser: establishing a high-resolution laser ablation tomography platform for UK bioimaging research; Duration: Nov 2017-April 2019; Partners: NIAB (lead), University of Cambridge; Funding: BBSRC (BB/P027458/1)

Dr Suzanne Litthauer

Research interests

Suzanne joined NIAB EMR in 2018 as Assistant Molecular Breeder in the Genetics, Genomics and Breeding department.  Her work focuses on marker-assisted breeding of apple and pear rootstocks, conventional breeding of Rubus, and pest and disease resistance screening in apple and Rubus. Suzanne also manages the DNA Fingerprinting Service.

Research projects

Rootstock Breeding Programme; Duration: April 2015-March 2020; Partners: East Malling Rootstock Breeding Club; Funding: Commercially funded

Ms Amanda Karlstrom

Research interests

Amanda is a plant breeder, primarily involved in the apple scion breeding through the Apple Breeding Consortium (ABC) at NIAB EMR. She also has involvement in the apple and pear rootstock breeding, predominantly in the trialling of selections and the development of new breeding methods. Amanda’s research interests include quantitative and molecular genetics and she is currently carrying out a part-time PhD studentship focussed on the genetic control of resistance to the pathogen European apple canker, Neonectria ditissima.

Mr Matteo Luberti

Research interests

I obtained a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics as well as a MSc in Plant Genetics and Breeding from the University of East Anglia. My PhD is focussed on elucidating resistance mechanisms to Phytophthora cactorum in apple and strawberry.

Research projects

Investigating durable resistance to Phytophthora cactorum in strawberry and apple; Duration: October 2018–October 2022; Partners: NIAB EMR – University of Reading; Funding: CTP

Dr Anindya Kundu

Research interests

In my PhD, I have worked extensively on root-nodule symbiosis in peanut (Arachis hypogaea) and model legume Medicago truncatula to understand the crosstalk between phytohormonal pathway and symbiosis pathway in the development of nodule meristem through molecular biology and comparative transcriptomics.

Dr Jordan Price

Research interests

The aim of ENSA is to use biological nitrogen fixation to sustainably increase yields for small-holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of ENSA, the Harrison group is working to study symbiotic associations in the Rosaceae.

My research focusses on understanding the molecular basis of early signalling events involved in symbiosis between the host and microbe, with the aim of engineering nitrogen fixation in strawberry.

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