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Dr Joana G. Vicente



Visiting Research Fellow


Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 7657 5029

Research Interests

  • Plant pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Disease resistance
  • Genetics
  • Diversity of plant pathogens.

Bacterial plant diseases caused by Xanthomonas and Pseudomonas spp.

Oomycete diseases caused by Albugo and Hyaloperonospora spp.

Genetic improvement of brassicas.


Joana Magalhaes Godinho Nunes Vicente graduated in Agronomy from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal in 1995 (highest ever average results of 18/20; equivalent to First). Before graduation, worked on microspore culture of Brassica oleracea. PhD awarded by the Technical University of Lisbon in 2001, after undertaking research on black rot of crucifers (caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris) at the Instituto Superior de Agronomia and at Horticulture Research International (HRI) in Wellesbourne. This also involved the study of disease resistance gene-like sequences in Brassica oleracea.

In 1999, Joana got her first research position at HRI/WHRI in Steve Roberts's group studying bacterial canker of cherry trees in a project funded by Defra. From 2004 to 2009, Joana was part of Eric Holub's group working in a project led by David Pink on breeding for resistance to plant bacterial and oomycete diseases.

From November 2009 till August 2012, Joana joined Ken Manning and Andrew Thompson's group and worked on a project funded by BBSRC on the role of short RNAs in the development of tomato fruits. Joana was also a co-investigator in a project funded by BBSRC and DFID on breeding for black-rot resistant brassicas for the benefit of East African smallholders.

Joana re-joined Eric Holub's group and worked from 2012 to 2018 on a NERC funded project on the impact of plant mating system and ploidy on Arabidopsis lyrata adaptation to parasitism in changing environments followed by a project funded by BBSRC on developing genetics and genomics interface to develop strategies for sustainable use of resistance to white rust in oilseed mustard.

Joana has obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science (2013) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice, PCAPP (2014) at the University of Warwick, and became a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Joana has co-supervised several undergraduate and MSc students and co-supervised Vania Horta de Passo's PhD work completed in 2016/17, on interactions between Arabidopsis and Xanthomonas campestris. In addition, Joana was a tutor in practical classes of the MSc module on Crop Protection until 2018.

Joana is currently a Visiting Research Fellow working in several projects on Xanthomonas, white rust and mildew and continues to be curator of a large collection of bacterial isolates.

Joana is a management committee member and Science Communication Manager for a European COST Action on diseases caused by Xanthomonadaceae bacteria, that started in March 2017 (View EuroXanth Website).

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View Joana's ResearcherID: A-9663-2013

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Research Projects

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Molecular genetics of interactions between Xanthomonas campestris pv. raphani and Arabidopsis thaliana. (PhD, Vania Horta de Passo). Date of Completion:2016/17
  • Resistance to white blister rust (Albugo candida) in Arabidopsis thaliana. (MSc, Brendan Callahan). Date of Completion:2013
  • Reviving Phaseolus bean germplasm to enable navy bean genetics for UK production. (MSc, Andrew Tock). Date of Completion:2012

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