Prof Ian Graham(Chair)
Prof Judith Armitage
Prof Steve Busby FRS
Prof Han Bin
Prof Beat Keller
Prof Joseph Noel
Prof Rob Martienssen FRS
Prof Jules Pretty OBE
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.
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 Steve Busby FRS is based in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham. His work concerns the mechanisms by which the expression of different genes is regulated in bacteria. Working with Escherichia coli K-12, over the past 25 years, his lab has elucidated some of the basic rules of promoter recognition by RNA polymerase and some of the fundamental mechanisms by which transcription activators function.
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. Beat Keller is Director of the Institute of Plant Biology and Professor for Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Zurich. The work in his research group concentrates on the molecular biology of fungal disease resistance in wheat, with a focus on durable resistance. The study of grass genomes represents a second main topic of the group, with the goal to understand genome evolution, but also as a basis for improvement of wheat breeding.
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 Jules Pretty OBE is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex, and Professor of Environment and Society. He is currently a member of the Lead Expert Group for the UK Government’s Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures Project. Ecologist and a distinguished author, he researches and writes on the importance and relevance of nature for people, on sustainable agriculture and explores the relations between people and the land.