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Ian Graham

Prof Ian Graham(Chair)

Judith Armitage

Prof Judith Armitage

Prof Han Bin

Prof Bin Han

Joseph Noel

Prof Joseph Noel


Prof Rob Martienssen FRS

Science & Impact Advisory Board


The John Innes Centre’s Governing Council has approved the appointment of a Science and Impact Advisory Board.  This board will advise the Director and Governing Council on all aspects of JIC’s science programme, including helping to plan future research activities, assessing progress, and identifying new opportunities.   

The board is made up of eminent scientists with expertise in areas of science relevant to that of JIC.  The SIAB membership is: Prof Ian Graham, Prof Joseph Noel, Prof Judith Armitage, Prof Rob Martienssen, Prof Bin Han, Prof Dame Janet Thronton, Dr John Casey, Prof Joyce Tait, Dr Richard Summers, Prof Colin Kleanthous and Dr Marc-Henri Lebrun.

Members of SIAB


Prof Ian Graham (Chair) is Director of the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products in the Department of Biology at the University of York. His research interests focus on the metabolic regulation of gene expression in higher plants and metabolic engineering of novel oils and other high value chemicals.


Prof Judith Armitage is a Research Leader in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Director of the Oxford Centre for Integrative Systems Biology at the University of Oxford. Her group uses techniques ranging from computerised image analysis, biochemistry, molecular genetics through to bioinformatics and computer modelling to investigate aspects of the regulation and dynamics of sensory pathways in bacteria.


Prof Bin Han is Director of the National Centre for Gene Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, and vice Director of the Beijing Institute of Genomics. His current interests are in rice genomics and applications of next generation sequencing to crop improvement. His PhD in molecular genetics (1992) was gained at the John Innes Centre, followed by  6 years of Post-Doctoral study in the Plant Science Dept. at the University of Cambridge.


Prof Joseph Noel is based in the Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics & Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is a member of Faculty of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California. The focus of the research in his laboratory is to decipher the core principles influencing evolutionary change in proteins and protein networks, particularly enzymes and metabolic pathways, underlying the emergence and rapid expansion of chemical diversity in living systems.


Prof Rob Martienssen FRS is a member of the Research Faculty in the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. His research team are using model plants and yeast to investigate epigenetic mechanisms of transposon silencing, gene regulation and stem cell fate via functional genomics and developmental genetics.


Prof Dame Janet Thornton, FRS. Director, the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute


Dr John Casey. VP Bioscience, Nutrition & Health, Unilever Discover.


Prof Joyce Tait. School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.


Dr Richard Summers. RAGT Seeds Ltd


Prof. Colin Kleanthous. Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford.


Dr Marc-Henri Lebrun. INRA-AgroParisTech.