The Team

P3 draws on a wide range of expertise from across the University of Sheffield, giving us unparalleled ability to factor across biological scales, from the genome to the ecosystem.

Project leaders and governance

 

Project leaders

Professor Jurriaan Ton

  • Professor and ERC Research Fellow
  • Molecular signalling and (epi)genetic basis of priming of plant immunity
  • Ecological impacts and agricultural potential of induced resistance in plants
  • Chemical interactions between plants, microbes, and insects

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Professor Duncan Cameron

  • Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Mircrobes in sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Soils and beneficial microbes
  • Biological chemistry

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Non-academic staff

Timo Blake

  • Controlled Environment and Facilities Manager

Jesamine Hughes

  • Administrative Assistant (Research Support)
  • Jes provides administrative support to the P3 team and assists with knowledge exchange activities and events.

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Greg Oldfield

  • Head of Public Engagement
  • Leads the University of Sheffield Public Engagement and Impact team and supports P3 in related activities.

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Dr Mel Bradford

  • Research Development Manager
  • A member of the University of Sheffield Research Strategy Team.

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Dr Megan Lewis

  • P3 Business Development Manager
  • Meg connects academics with external partners to build collaborations with wide-reaching impact.

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Dale Bavastock

  • P3 Senior Horticultural Research Technician

Research staff

Climate Change

Dr Janice Lake

  • Plant Physiology and Climate change
  • Climate change mitigation: Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Remediation of industrial land – biomass production

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Professor Hamish Cunningham

  • Research Chair in Computer Science
  • Open source electronics for monitoring and control of soil-free agriculture
  • Aquaponics for sustainable cultivation and resilient communities

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Professor Jonathan Leake

  • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
  • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
  • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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Professor Terry Callaghan

  • Mechanisms of survival and adaptation in plants to arctic environments
  • Effect of enhanced UV-B radiation on arctic plant communities
  • Climate change impacts on organisms and ecosystems
  • Effect of CO2 concentrations on organisms and ecosystems

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Soil and Soil Biology

Dr Ellie Harrison

  • Evolutionary and ecological feedbacks within microbial communities
  • Mobile genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer
  • The impact of rapid evolution on soil ecosystems and plant health

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Dr Stephen Rolfe

  • Imaging plant function
  • The molecular biology of plant pathogen and symbiotic interactions
  • Plant responses to abiotic stress

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Professor David Read

  • Mobilisation of nutrients by ectomycorrhizal fungi
  • Effects of mycorrhizas on interspecific competition in plants
  • Effect of nitrogen deposition on soil processes and mycorrhizas

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Professor Duncan Cameron

  • Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Mircrobes in sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Soils and beneficial microbes
  • Biological chemistry

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Professor Jonathan Leake

  • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
  • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
  • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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Professor Tim Daniell

  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal ecology
  • Microbial nitrogen cycling
  • Free-living nematode dynamics

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Pests, Diseases and Weeds

Dr Dylan Childs

  • Life history theory
  • Structured population modelling
  • Host-parasite dynamics

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Dr Stephen Rolfe

  • Imaging plant function
  • The molecular biology of plant pathogen and symbiotic interactions
  • Plant responses to abiotic stress

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Dr Stuart Campbell

  • Adaptive evolution in plant populations
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Chemical ecology of plant defence
  • Plant reproduction

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Professor Jonathan Leake

  • Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling by mycorrhizas
  • Nitrogen pollution effects on grassland soils and vegetation
  • Functional interactions between symbiotic fungi and other organisms

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Professor Julie Gray

  • Antisene gene expression to produce transgenic plants with targeted mutations
  • Understanding mechanisms of plant cell signalling and intracellular communication

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Professor Julie Scholes

  • Molecular plant-symbiont interactions including angiosperm parasites (Striga and Orobanche), fungal pathogens and mycorrhizas
  • Bio-imaging: in vivo imaging of plant and fungal gene expression
  • Molecular microbial ecology of polluted aquifers
  • The role of biotic factors in the survival of tropical rainforest seedlings

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Professor Jurriaan Ton

  • Professor and ERC Research Fellow
  • Molecular signalling and (epi)genetic basis of priming of plant immunity
  • Ecological impacts and agricultural potential of induced resistance in plants
  • Chemical interactions between plants, microbes, and insects

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Professor Michael-Siva Jothy

  • Ecological immunity
  • Sexual conflict
  • Reproductive immunity

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Professor Rob Freckleton

  • Population modelling
  • Large scale ecology
  • Comparative analysis and evolutionary ecology

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Professor Roger Butlin

  • Speciation
  • The paradox of sex
  • Evolution at range margins

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Photosynthesis and Development

Dr Matt Johnson

  • Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow
  • Investigating the structure, function and dynamics of photosynthetic membranes
  • Determining the molecular basis of how plants respond and adapt to changing environmental conditions

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Dr Stuart Casson

  • The mechanisms that regulate plant development
  • Studying the biochemistry and enzymology of pigment biosynthesis

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Emeritus Professor Peter Horton FRS

  • Interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable food security
  • Understanding photoprotection in plants
  • Increasing crop yield by optimisation of photosynthesis
  • Analysis of agri-food ecosystems

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Professor Andrew Fleming

  • The molecular mechanism of plant morphogenesis
  • Leaf form and function
  • Developmental physiology and biochemistry

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Professor Colin Osborne

  • Evolution of C4 photosynthesis and its ecological significance in the grasses
  • Plant-atmosphere interactions in the geological past
  • Modern plant-climate relationships

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Professor Julie Gray

  • Antisene gene expression to produce transgenic plants with targeted mutations
  • Understanding mechanisms of plant cell signalling and intracellular communication

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Professor Julie Scholes

  • Molecular plant-symbiont interactions including angiosperm parasites (Striga and Orobanche), fungal pathogens and mycorrhizas
  • Bio-imaging: in vivo imaging of plant and fungal gene expression
  • Molecular microbial ecology of polluted aquifers
  • The role of biotic factors in the survival of tropical rainforest seedlings

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Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics

Dr Heather Walker

  • Mass Spectrometry Specialist
  • Metabolite Profiling and Metabolomics
  • Understanding metabolism in biological systems

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Dr Karim Sorefan

  • Molecular mechanisms regulating plant development with a focus on linking miRNA and hormonal pathways
  • Developing exploitation of plants in areas of biotechnology and medicine

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Dr Lisa Smith

  • Trade-offs between plant development/growth and defence
  • Roles of carbohydrate-binding proteins in signalling networks
  • Motor proteins in plant development

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Dr Stuart Campbell

  • Adaptive evolution in plant populations
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Chemical ecology of plant defence
  • Plant reproduction

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Dr Stuart Casson

  • The mechanisms that regulate plant development
  • Studying the biochemistry and enzymology of pigment biosynthesis

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Professor Andrew Fleming

  • The molecular mechanism of plant morphogenesis
  • Leaf form and function
  • Developmental physiology and biochemistry

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Professor Duncan Cameron

  • Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow
  • Mircrobes in sustainable agro-ecosystems
  • Soils and beneficial microbes
  • Biological chemistry

View full profile

Professor Julie Gray

  • Antisene gene expression to produce transgenic plants with targeted mutations
  • Understanding mechanisms of plant cell signalling and intracellular communication

View full profile

Professor Julie Scholes

  • Molecular plant-symbiont interactions including angiosperm parasites (Striga and Orobanche), fungal pathogens and mycorrhizas
  • Bio-imaging: in vivo imaging of plant and fungal gene expression
  • Molecular microbial ecology of polluted aquifers
  • The role of biotic factors in the survival of tropical rainforest seedlings

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Professor Jurriaan Ton

  • Professor and ERC Research Fellow
  • Molecular signalling and (epi)genetic basis of priming of plant immunity
  • Ecological impacts and agricultural potential of induced resistance in plants
  • Chemical interactions between plants, microbes, and insects

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Professor Roger Butlin

  • Speciation
  • The paradox of sex
  • Evolution at range margins

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Modelling and Theoretical Biology

Dr Dylan Childs

  • Life history theory
  • Structured population modelling
  • Host-parasite dynamics

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Professor Rob Freckleton

  • Population modelling
  • Large scale ecology
  • Comparative analysis and evolutionary ecology

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