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Dr Kathryn Ford

Fungal Biology and Plant Pathology

Research 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.