My research interests are in the area of molecular microbiology; using molecular biology tools to obtain a greater understanding of microbes. This includes studying microbial communities, host-pathogen interactions, gene function, gene expression and regulation and DNA replication. My research has focused on insect pathology, plants (in particular oilseed rape) and soil. I have experience of working with viruses (baculoviruses and honey bee viruses), fungi and bacteria and have used molecular tools to study nematodes, microsporidia and archaea.
I am currently working on a BBSRC/NERC SARISA grant 'Roots of decline? Assembly and Function of the Rhizosphere Microbiome in Relation to Yield Decline'. In this project we will use advanced sequencing methods to derive new understandings of the factors which shape the composition of the rhizosphere microbial community (microbiome) and its consequences for crop growth.