James Simmonds

Research Assistant

James’ research focuses on the identification, validation and characterisation of genes influencing yield and yield components, using both variation within adapted cultivars and novel alleles through TILLING and exotic germplasm.

Concepts are transferred from the lab to the field using mapping populations and NIL’s for in-depth phenotyping and analysis, with the ultimate goal being the deployment into both UK and global breeding programmes.

James studied Environmental Biology and has 20 years’ experience of field experimentation and molecular techniques in both commercial and academic research.