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Curriculum Vitae

Education, Qualifications and Research Experience

2015-2019: MIBTP PhD, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

Substantive research project: "Investigating the molecular and cellular basis for immunity-induced growth inhibition in the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana and crop plants"
Supervisors: Dr Patrick Schäfer & Dr Sascha Ott

7 week mini-project: "Investigating the role of MYB and ARABIDILLO proteins in root development"
Supervisor: Dr Juliet Coates, Department of Biosciences, University of Birmingham

6 week mini-project: "Investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in immunity-induced growth inhibition in Arabidopsis thaliana"
Supervisor: Dr Patrick Schäfer

2013-2014: PGCE in Secondary Science with Biology, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Classroom-based research: a social sciences research project into the impact of self-assessment on student outcomes. Sawston Village College, Cambridge.

2010-2013: BA Natural Sciences, Queens' College, University of Cambridge

3rd year 16 week research project: "Exploring root-level interactions between wheat and blackgrass"
Supervisor: Dr Julia Davies, Department of Plant Sciences, Univeristy of Cambridge

3rd year mini-dissertation: "The Hemipteran “Pathogen”? Emerging Evidence for Aphid Effector Molecules Suppressing Plant Defences."

8 week summer research project: Combining algal and plant photosynthesis (CAPP) studentship
Supervisor: Prof. Howard Griffiths, Department of Plant Sciences, Univeristy of Cambridge

1 month Operation Wallacea expedition, Spiny Forests of Madagascar: Biodiversity research assistant.

2008-2010: International Baccalaureate, Truro College, Cornwall


Finch, J. A., Guillaume, G., French, S. A., Colaço, R. D., Davies, J. M., & Swarbreck, S. M. (2017). Wheat root length and not branching is altered in the presence of neighbours, including blackgrass. PloS one, 12(5), e0178176.

Employment History

2016- : Food Climate Research Network (FCRN)

3 month internship (Jan-April) continued on to ongoing part-time work. Mainly involved in content creation and editing for Foodsource website and Fodder newsletter, with some student engagement projects. Also a member of the FCRN and Foodsoure advisory committees.

2014-2015: Teacher of Science, Bottisham Village College, Cambridge

2007-2010: Sales Assistant, W H Smith, Truro, Cornwall

Other Experiences and Skills

Academic awards: Queens’ College Book Prize and election to position of Foundation Scholar at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, for final year results.

Volunteering: Active participant in various conservation-based volunteer days with Warwick Volunteers and Friends of Canley Green Spaces.

Computing: Ongoing experience with programming, bioinformatics, and statistics tools in R Studio; familiarity with modelling and data handling in Matlab.

Outdoor: Countryside Leaders Award; Duke of Edinburgh Award (bronze)

Travel: 3 week solo backpacking experience, New Zealand.

Languages: Basic conversational and written French.


Jessica Finch CV to download


Presenting poster based on findings of University of Birmingham-based mini-project at MIBTP annual poster session, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, 26th September 2016:

Poster session_26Sept2016

Poster presented at MIBTP Symposium 2017:

MIBTP Symposium 2017 Poster