New BSPP Elected Board Members for 2016-2018

16 Nov 2015

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Many congratulations to Prof. Dawn Arnold and Michael Csukai who have won the members vote and will become elected to the BSPP board in January 2016. Read a short biography below...

Professor Dawn Arnold

After completing my PhD at the University of Bath in 1992 studying crook root disease of watercress, I then did a follow-up post doc at Bath on club root disease of brassicas. I moved to the University of the West of England in 1994 as a post doc and I am now a Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology. At UWE I lead a group investigating Pseudomonas syringae pathogenicity and evolution and more recently tree pathogens. I have been a member of BSPP for over 20 years during which time I have regularly attended conferences and have gone from competing in the P. H. Gregory prize to judging it. I have served the BSPP and its members via publicity activities, running the MBPP conference and as a senior editor for MPP. I would be delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the board to promote the society, its aims and its members. I believe my research expertise coupled with public engagement (e.g. Bristol Science Festival presentations) and departmental service experience (e.g. committee chair work) will allow me to contribute significantly to the running of the society.

Dr Michael Csukai

I am a Senior Technical Expert in the Biostress Biology section at Syngenta Jealott’s Hill. My research is focused on developing new molecular tools for chemical genetics in both fungal and oomycete research with a focus on Zymoseptoria tritici and Phytophthora spp. Over the last 17 years I have collaborated extensively with a wide range of academic research groups to further the plant pathology field and am engaged with the wider UK scientific community having sat on both BBSRC’s Strategy and Review Panels.

I am an active member of the British Plant Pathology community, energetically promoting the mixing of industrial and academic science; taking part and encouraging people at Syngenta to participate in the annual Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens meeting as this gives young researchers exposure to research being carried out by the wider pathology community.   

If elected to the BSPP board, I would bring an experienced industrial perspective on crop protection and fungal genetics and would work hard to further encourage interaction between industrial and academic researchers.