Prof. Martin Parry

Prof. Elizabete Carmo-Silva

 Prof. Steve Long, FRS

Dr. Marjorie Lundgren

Dr. Doug Orr


Dr. Sam Taylor



Martin Parry is an Emeritus Professor of Plant Sciences for Food Security at LEC.

Martin provides strategic leadership of plant science research to facilitate the development of globally relevant and accessible food systems. He is also an Honorary Scientist at Rothamsted Research and a Visiting Professor at North West A&F University, China. In 2022 Martin became a LEC Emeritus Professor.

Steve Long, FRS, is a Distinguished Professor of Crop Sciences at LEC since 2016.   @LongLab

Steve is a Fellow of the Royal Society and has a dual appointment at Lancaster University and the University of Illinois. His expertise in crop photosynthesis spans from molecular and in silico design to analysis of performance in the field.

Elizabete Carmo-Silva is a Professor in Crop Physiology, at LEC since 2015.   @ecarmosilva

Elizabete’s research on photosynthesis aims to understand plant responses to the surrounding environment and to increase crop yields. She is particularly fascinated by the regulation of Rubisco by its catalytic chaperone, Rubisco activase.

Marjorie Lundgren is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in Plant Environmental Physiology. @Marj_Lundgren

Marjorie joined LEC in October 2018 as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. Her research focuses on the ecology and evolution of photosynthetic sub-types, primarily C2 photosynthesis and intermediate C3-C4 plants. She aims to better understand these interesting and important plants. You can find more info on the Lundgren Lab website.

Doug Orr is a Lecturer in Plant Biotechnology.  @SciDoug

Doug joined LEC in 2015 with the establishment of LEC photosynthesis by Martin and Elizabete. As of 2022 he has started his own group working on Rubisco and plant engineering. This includes continuing his work on engineering a cyanobacterial CCM into plants to improve photosynthetic efficiency.

Sam Taylor is a Lecturer in Plant Sciences

Sam is an environmental physiologist who joined the team in 2017, and as of 2022 he has started his own group centred on his interests in photosynthesis, physiology and the consequences of leaf carbon and water exchange for plant performance.