Erica’s research is based around developing an understanding of starch biosynthesis at the molecular level.
She is particularly interested in understanding starch granule initiation within wheat endosperm.
Erica is a postdoctoral researcher in the David Seung lab. She completed her PhD with Professor Cathie Martin and Dr Jelena Gavrilovic at the John Innes Centre in 2019 where she worked on the development of tomato as a biofactory for medicinal compounds, and the effect of these compounds on human skin.
Previously she completed her Masters by Research in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Bath, and her BSci in Biochemistry at Lancaster University.
Erica has a keen interest in science communication, and has participated in many public engagement and outreach activities including the Norwich Science festival, and Pint of Science.
Hawkins E,Chen J,Watson-Lazowski A,Ahn-Jarvis J,Barclay E,Fahy B,Hartley M,Warren FJ,Seung D (2021)STARCH SYNTHASE 4 is required for normal starch granule initiation in amyloplasts of wheat endospermNew PhytologistPublisher's version: 1469-8137