Smart detection of airborne diseases in protected crops
As a child I always had interest in plant science but for some reason believed there would be more security in the medical/human field of research. That is the reason my first degree was received from the University of Edinburgh in Biochemistry. However, during my time there I came across a pivotal point for me when I did an internship on the molecular aspect of plant pathology. There my interests became more fuelled and prominent. So, after my BSc I decided to take a leap of faith and did an MSc in Crop Improvement at the University of Nottingham.
This is how I arrived to do a PhD with the Waitrose CTP scheme. They gave me the opportunity to be based at one of the most prominent research institutes in my field (Rothamsted Research) and work in collaboration with Warwick University and Waitrose as an industrial partner. I am very keen to work on my project that entails developing DNA based assay for airborne spore detection of several pathogens as well as studying, detecting and controlling the spread of fungal pathogens of tomatoes and lettuce in the horticultural industry.