Prof Dawn Arnold - BSPP President 2019

Time of writing: 2019

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 am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as President of the society. I believe my research expertise coupled with public engagement (e.g. Bristol Science Festival presentations) and departmental service experience (e.g. committee chair work) allow me to contribute significantly to the running of the society.