Rothamsted Research

where knowledge grows


Prof Johnathan Napier



+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: 2136

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ


  • Principal Investigator
    BCCP Harpenden


Past Projects

Principal Investigator

  • Purification and functional characterisation of COMATOSE a peroxisomal ABC transporter from Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Lipid transport and metabolism
  • Genetic Improvement of Algae for Value Added Products (GIAVAP)
  • Molecular characterization and genotype development of transgenic Camelina accumulating high levels of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids

Project Leader

  • Recombinant pharmaceuticals from plants for human health
  • Industrial crops producing added value oils for novel chemicals: ICON
  • Lipid-derived signalling
  • Rational metabolic engineering of oilseed fatty acid composition
  • Elucidating the mechanism of organ size control by KLU-dependent intercellular signalling
  • BBSRC Industry CASE Studentship: Understanding the biosynthesis of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturates in E. huxleyi
  • *fatty acids of the acyl-CoA,tri
  • Establishing a transatlantic platform for plant lipidomics
  • BBSRC IBTI Club Training Grant Studentship: Enhancing the production of omega-3 polyunsaturates in marine microbes
  • *Simplified modular vector sys


  • Towards incorporating the biosynthetic transformation required for Striga inhibition from Desmodium into edible legume intercrops
  • A new generation of insect resistant GM crops: Transgenic wheat synthesising the aphid alarm signal



  • DSc in Plant Biotechnology (University of Nottingham)


  • PhD in Plant Biochemistry (King's College, University of London)


  • BSc in Agricultural Sciences (University of Nottingham)