Teagasc Crops Research Centre, Oak Park, Carlow R93 XE12
My team completes multi-disciplinary research to investigate economically important crop-pathogen interactions with the goal of developing novel crop varieties with enhanced resistance to the most challenging crop pathogens in Ireland today. To achieve this we employ novel breeding techniques to edit existing sequences and/or enhance genomes with genes of interest from related wild species. This is possible due to our participation in several gene discovery projects focussed on wheat, barley and potato while in parallel we have developed a novel gene transfer technology, termed EMT, which allows for both monocot and dicot transformation. The latter forms part of our expanding interest in the plant microbiome and the functionality of organisms therein in regards to improving crop productivity. As part of our research into genetic engineering we also have conducted EU funded field studies on the agri-environmental impact of potato engineered against late blight disease.
Research areas of interest for MSCA IF application:
Applying novel breeding technologies to develop durable disease resistant crop varieties.
Assessing the agri-environmental impact of genetically engineered varieties.
Developing an alternative gene transfer system that is applicable on multiple crop species.
I have supervised 9 x PhD candidates to qualification and currently mentor a team of 10, composed of 2 x post-docs, 6 x PhD students, 1 x MSc and 1 x research technician.