Specialising in molecular biology, she is currently involved in ongoing research on emerging plant pests and has designed novel diagnostic tools to allow the accurate and rapid detection of different psyllid species. She is join-lead on the EUPHRESCO PHYLIB2 project “The biology and epidemiology of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum and potato phytoplasmas and their contribution to risk management in potato and other crops.” She has a background in molecular ecology, investigating the population genetics and phylogeography of forests for her PhD at the University of Stirling. Prior to her post at SASA, she worked as a research associate at University of Edinburgh performing molecular tests to detect the co-infection of the bacteria, Bartonella sp., in wild wood mice populations.
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