Dr DANA MACGREGOR
Weed Molecular Biologist
Protecting Crops and the Environment
Dana MacGregor is a plant molecular geneticist who has worked on Arabidopsis and Brassica, but is now focusing on the agricultural weed Alopecurus. In the UK, this weed is called black-grass and it is a significant problem for winter-cropping arable farmers. Her focus within the Smart Crop Protection programme is to understand the molecular mechanisms that allow this weed to survive herbicide treatment(s), specifically focusing on non-target site resistance mechanisms. Dana will apply the experience she gained from her PhD work on root system architecture development in response to drought stress (University of Chicago) and her post-doctoral work on the regulation of circadian periodicity by light, temperature, and nuclear-pore proteins (Universities York & Exeter), and on the control of seed behaviour by the maternal environment (University of Exeter & the John Innes Centre) to the challenge of understanding non-target site resistance. Dana is LTHE certified and is looking to recruit Nuffield Scholars, Masters and/or PhD students to take on upcoming projects. Dana is currently working to uncover novel non-target site mechanisms in Alopecurus using techniques such as comparative transcriptomics, and molecular and traditional genetics.
SMART CROP PROTECTION
- 2013 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy
- 2008 PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cellular Biology, University of Chicago
- 2002 BS summa cum laude with Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dickinson College
MEASURES OF ESTEEM
- AAAS sponsored Best Poster/Presenter Award – Induced Plant Development Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium ‘16 – 4-6 April 2016. Voted for by attendees of SLS’16 conference.
- Invited review, MacGregor DR, Penfield S. - Exploring the pleiotropy of hos1. Journal of Experimental Botany 2015 Mar;66(6):1661-71. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erv022. Review. PMID: 25697795
- Regular Reviewer for: Annals of Botany, Journal of Experimental Botany, Molecular Plant, Nucleus, Scientific Reports, and Trends in Plant Science