Dr KIRSTY MCINNES
Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Kirsty graduated with a doctorate in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow in 2016, and is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying plant-pest interactions. Her previous experience of studying the genetic and metabolic profiles of oilseed rape following exposure to UV-B radiation and invertebrate pests (namely moths and slugs) have equipped her with a broad range of molecular research skills. She is experienced in the interpretation of transcriptomic and untargeted metabolomics data as well as in setting up and conducting invertebrate bioassays. Now working within the InnovateUK-funded Centre for Crop Health and Protection at Rothamsted Research, Kirsty is examining the molecular basis of pest resistance to control agents while also developing new diagnostic techniques that can be transferred out into the field.