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Professor Simon Hiscock


Professor of Botany and Director of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden

I did my first degree at the University of Oxford (Worcester College, BA Botany, 1985). After teaching Biology at St Bartholomews School, Newbury, I began a PhD at the University of Reading (School of Plant Sciences) working on self-incompatibility and interspecific incompatibility in Brassica and related Brassicaceae with Professor Hugh Dickinson. I completed this research in 1993 at Oxford University (Department of Plant Sciences) following the Dickinson Group’s move in 1991. After post-doctoral research with Hugh Dickinson and a Junior Research Fellowship at Worcester College, I was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellowship to research the molecular genetics and evolution of self-incompatibility in Senecio squalidus (Oxford ragwort). I moved this Fellowship to Bristol in 2000, and in 2002 I was appointed Lecturer in Plant Sciences in the School of Biological Sciences. In 2004 I became Reader in Plant Sciences and in 2007 Professor of Botany. I have been Director of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden ( since 2003.  My current areas of research are listed above and in more detail at my research group's web page.