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Plant Biotechnology, Agiculture-Plant Breeding, Analytical Bbiochemistry- Mass Spectrometry

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Expert having completed a post-doc and 12 years in academia went into the plant biotechnology industry at the very beginning. As such he has been involved in crop genetic engineering from the beginning with over 20 years of experience in transforming potatoes and then cereals to alter primary metabolism. Expert was involved in the first commercial field trials in the UK of transgenic potatoes and has served on advisory boards to develop the risk assessment strategies for these. As such he has therefore built up an extensive knowledge of plant metabolism and physiology, crop growth in the field, and processing of the harvested crops, especially into starch and snack foods such as crisps/chips and French fries. Such work has also involved the molecular analysis of gene expression and molecular breeding with tools such as RFLPs SNPs and others. Some 30 patent applications arose from the work.

As part of his work he has always had to analyse plant metabolism. In recent years this has meant the use of the latest chromatographic methods and the use of mass spectrometers in particular MALDI mass spectrometers to measure metabolites at the single cell level and nanospary ionisation to measure small volumes of plant extracts.

He advised on the reduction of loss of stored turf due to sod heating. Provided experimental advice on how to treat the turf.He advised on the use of starch from the waste stream from chip production and on the use of this in other processed products.He has advised on the use of metabolomics to profile plant crops in breeding programs.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: PhD Subject: Biochemical Plant Pathology Institution: University of Cambridge
Year: 1970 Degree: MA, BA in Botany Subject: Natural Sciences Institution: University of Cambridge

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Honorary Research Professor Department: APS University of Sheffield
He runs the analytical metabolism facility in the department
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1987 to 2002 Employer: Advanced technologies Cambridge Ltd. Title: Principal Scientist Department:
Oversaw the whole company research program which involved molecular marker development and gene mapping, plant genetic engineering and development of tissue culture of recalcitrant crops.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1976 to 1987 Employer: Rothamsted Experimental Station Title: Principal Scientific Officer Department: Fungicides and Insecticides
Studies of the mode of action of fungicides, development of agrobacterium transformation of potato
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1973 to 1976 Employer: University of Sheffield Title: Post-Doc Department: Botany
Studies on rust metabolism in infected plants

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1998 to 2002 Agency: BBSRC Role: Peer review Description: He was an expert for review of grant applications in the area of plant agriculutre and plant biotechniology and metabolism
Years: 2008 to 2010 Agency: European Union Role: Expert Scientist Description: Review of grant applications and progress of research projects

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Society for Plant Biology, Society for Experimental Biology, British Mass Spectomtery Society, Biochemical Society, British Society for Plant Pathology, American Socity of Mass Spectrometry
Professional Appointments
Honoray Publications Officer for the SEB
Awards / Recognition
Visiting Expert of Plant Biochemistry Royal Holloway College, Visiting Expert Plant Biology Essex University, Honorary Research Fellow University of Sheffield, Honorary Research Fellow of Sheffield Hallam University.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 120 publications, 30 patent applications, edited two books and had over 17 succesful PhD students. He is currently series editor for Essential reviews in experimental Biology.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Biotechnology patent applications, experience in appeals court as scientific expert.
potato crop risk assessment.
Training / Seminars
Analytical biochemistry with mass spectrometers.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French He has a working knowledge of the language and can get by in France or with visitors.

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