Prof. Fiona Doohan studied Microbiology at University College Dublin and Plant Pathology at John Innes Centre (PhD, 1998). After a postdoc at John Innes, she moved to UCD where she was appointed Lecturer in Molecular Plant Pathology. In 2014 she was appointed as Associate Professor. Fiona has led various UCD and National Scientific Developments, including a national doctoral training programme on Earth and Natural Sciences. Her "favourite" disease is Fusarium head blight of wheat, closely followed by Septoria tritici blotch of wheat. Her team are focused on identifying genes that facilitate disease resistance breeding, endophytes that enhance plant disease resistance and technologies that facilitate genetic engineering of plants. Fiona previously led the CEREALPATH ETN training programme and is currently the scientific coordinator of the H2020 project Innovar and lead of the European Regional Development Funded project HealthyOats.
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