Nicola Atkinson

Research Fellow Daphne Jackson Fellow Genes in the Environment

Nicola joined the Department of Crop Genetics in 2017 to complete a two-year Daphne Jackson fellowship and is using the latest techniques in CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing to improve drought tolerance in wheat, a key factor affecting reduced yield.

She has a background in plant tissue culture and transformation.

Wheat occupies the second largest land area globally and is a vital and primary contributor to future food security, however it is the most challenging crop to manipulate genetically.

Nicola plans to further optimise the current wheat transformation system which is an essential tool for generating CRISPR edited plants and hopes to contribute to our knowledge of gene function surrounding drought tolerance mechanisms in wheat – a priority research area considering current climate change predictions and growing global needs in food production.