Carole Thomas

Support Specialist Head of Directorate

Carole’s role is to provide high level strategic and operational support to the John Innes Centre Director and to ensure the JIC directorate is run in a professional, effective and efficient manner.

The John Innes Centre is committed to equal opportunities and as part of this Carole leads on the ‘Women in Science’ agenda at JIC.

The John Innes Centre currently holds a Gold Athena SWAN award, an award originally established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM), but now includes addressing gender equality more broadly, not just the barriers to progression that affect women. Carole also Chairs the Inclusivity & Diversity Committee.

Before joining the John Innes Centre Directorate Carole spent many years in research investigating the nature of the molecular interaction between viruses and their hosts in compatible and incompatible interactions. An interest that expanded into the area of plant cell-to-cell communication and investigating the molecular nature of plasmodesmata, work which led to the identification of one of the first plasmodesmata located proteins.