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Dr Eddison Loades

Research Fellow

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Phone: 024 765 75061

Office: 1.22 Wellesbourne campus

Twitter: @ Eddison_L1

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Research Groups

Walsh webpage


Research Clusters

Environment & Ecology

Microbiology & Infectious Disease

Plant & Agricultural Biosciences


Warwick Centres and GRPs

Warwick Crop Centre


Current Research

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Plant-Virus Interactions group at the University of Warwick. Our research group is dedicated to unravelling the intricate relationships between plants and viruses, with a particular focus on understanding the molecular mechanisms that govern these relationships. By delving into the fascinating world of plant-virus interactions, we aim to decipher the strategies employed by both plants and viruses, shedding light on the molecular complexities that underlie these processes.

Our work has profound implications for agriculture and plant biology, as it provides insights into how plants defend themselves against viral infections and how viruses, in turn, adapt to manipulate host systems for their own survival. By elucidating these dynamic interactions, we contribute to the development of innovative strategies for crop protection and the mitigation of viral diseases.

Prioritising the development of natural plant resistance, our research group is dedicated to unleashing the defence mechanisms within Brassica species using CRISPR gene-editing technologies to counter the pervasive threat of the turnip mosaic virus (TuMV). By enhancing the plants' inherent ability to fend off TuMV, our mission is to exploit their autonomous defence system. This will potentially ensure sustainable protection, whilst reducing reliance on external interventions and fostering naturally resilient agriculture. This endeavour is a critical component of our broader mission to decipher the molecular aspects of plant-virus interactions and develop novel approaches for enhancing plant defence mechanisms against viral pathogens. Ultimately, our work strives to bolster agricultural sustainability and food security by equipping plants with the genetic traits necessary to withstand viral challenges in an ever-changing environment.

Broader interests and activities

I am deeply passionate about fostering public engagement with science and regularly participate in various outreach activities. I have contributed to open days, science fairs, and so-called 'science days,' where I enjoy the opportunity to disseminate my research to wider audiences. It is an artful skill to be able to communicate complex scientific concepts in an accessible and engaging manner, and one which I am eager to keep improving on through practice.

I have a strong commitment to education and have actively participated in teaching and supervising roles throughout my academic career. I have qualified as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, where I participated in peer-reviewed teaching observations and submitted a comprehensive teaching portfolio. During my PhD, I supervised multiple undergraduate research projects, from designing the project and filling out COSHH/risk assessment forms, to guiding students and helping them develop critical research skills. I have demonstrated in several undergraduate laboratory practicals, taking a proactive approach to building students' confidence in their scientific work. My teaching experience also extends to the private sector, where I have assisted students with their GCSEs and A-level studies.

My commitment to promoting a positive research culture and advocating for equality, diversity, and inclusion within an academic environment is paramount. My other interests extend to organising conferences, volunteering, and staying up to date with the latest scientific advances.

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Publications

For a full list of publications, see WRAP

ORCID

Biography

  • September 2023 – Present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick (CRISPR-Cas mediated interspecies induction of potentially broad spectrum TuMV resistant Brassicaceae)
  • 2017 – 2023: PhD in Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London. Comprehensive Ecophysiological and Molecular Characterisation of Dormancy and Germination in Dimorphic Chenopodium album
  • 2014 – 2015: MSc in Biotechnology, University of Lincoln
  • 2011 – 2014: BSc in Biomedical Science, University of Warwick