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Dr Kathryn Ford

Dr Kathryn Ford

Dr Kathryn Ford
PhD, MSc, BSc

Senior Teaching Associate

Area of research

Fungal Biology and Plant Pathology

Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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+44 (0) 117 39 41181



Following a BSc in Biological Sciences and MSc in Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources, both at the University of Birmingham, I undertook a PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology here at Bristol.  This was followed by a postdoctoral project at the James Hutton Institute and I'm now back at Bristol as a Senior Teaching Associate.


Activities / Findings

Research: My research involves using molecular techniques in fungal biology.  I'm especially interested in basidiomycetes (mushrooms) and plant pathogens such as Armillaria (honey fungus).  Current projects include developing a CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system for Armillaria mellea.

Teaching: I currently teach Physiology and Biotechnology in the Life Processes unit for first year undergraduates.  For second year undergraduates, I lecture on the Molecular Genetics unit, covering basic molecular approaches and applications of GM biotechnology.  I lecture on the third year unit Ecology of Food Production and the Farmed Landscape, supervise projects and literature reviews and assist with the molecular component of the APS unit for third year students on the MSci programme. I also supervise projects for MSci students in their fourth year and teach on the Professional Development unit.


Recent publications

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Dr Ford currently teaches 7 courses:

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