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Dr Kathryn Ford

Dr Kathryn Ford

Dr Kathryn Ford
PhD, MSc, BSc


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 41418
+44 (0) 117 39 41416



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 Lecturer.


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).  I also work with the model mushroom Coprinopsis cinerea.

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 also lead two field courses: DNA Barcoding of Foraged Foods and Feeding the World with Innovative Plants.

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.

In the 4th year MSci, I supervise projects for MSci students and lead the Professional Development unit.


Recent publications

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Dr Ford currently teaches 11 courses:

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