Dr Kathryn Ford
PhD, MSc, BSc
As a lecturer I teach across all years of our Biological Sciences degrees. My research background centres on agricultural biotechnology, with a particular interest in fungal pathogens of plants.
LecturerSchool of Biological Sciences
Following an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the Univerisity of Birmingham, I stayed at Birmingham and completed an MSc in Plant Conservation and Genetics.
I subsequently came to Bristol for my PhD in Plant Pathology, which focused on the fungal plant pathogen, Armillaria mellea (honey fungus), and then undertook a postdoc at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, working on Rhynchosporium commune, a fungal pathogen of barley.
I returned to Bristol to undertake my current position as Lecturer here in the School of Biological Sciences.
eLS (Encyclopedia of Life Sciences)
- Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology
A native promoter and inclusion of an intron is necessary for efficient expression of GFP or mRFP in Armillaria mellea
Studies in Mycology
- E-pub ahead of print
I teach on the following units:
Year 1 - Life Processes (Biotechnology)
Year 2 - Molecular Genetics (exploitation of GM techniques)
Year 3 - Ecology of Food Production and the Farmed Landscape
Year 4 - Unit Director for Professional Development
Bioinformatics MSc - Unit Director for Entrepreneurship and Professional Development
I also supervise third and fourth year literature reviews and research projects.
I lead two field courses in the second year: Feeding the World with Innovative Plants and DNA Barcoding of Foraged Foods.