Molecular Crop Physiologist

Plant Sciences


Sigrid has been working internationally with a keen interest in developing crops (rice and wheat) that are more resilient to major stresses, such as heat and water stress (drought, submergence) and that make better use of nutrients, such as phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N). In her research, she combines forward and reverse genetic approaches to explore diversity within wheat and rice to identify traits and genes that can ultimately be used for crop improvement in breeding programmes. Sigrid has been leading multidisciplinary research programmes, some in partnership with the private sector, encompassing a wide range of expertise in the area of plant genomics/genetics, molecular biology and metabolomics, as well as in plant development and root responses to stress and nutrients. For the past four years, her main focus has been on studying nitrogen use efficiency in wheat, and she was the director of "Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate", an Industrial Transformation Research Hub in Australia.




    +44 (0) 1582 938 268


      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ



        Strategic programme

        • Designing Future Wheat (DFW)


        • 1999 - PhD Plant Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg Germany
          1995 - MSc Plant Physiology, University of Hamburg, Germany


        • 2012 - Faculty 1000 nomination for the Nature publication on OsPSTOL1
        • 2012 - IRRI Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award for the project on OsPSTOL1
        • 2016 - Invited Speaker: High-value genes for crop improvement why still so few make it into breeding programs. Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security: Mobilization to the Developing World. Saskatoon, Canada, 06/ 2016
        • 2015 -  Invited Speaker: Molecular breeding for improved crops from roots to grains. Noble foundation workshop Planting the Roots for Year Round Grazing in the Southern Great Plains, Ardmore, USA, 11/2015
        • 2015 - Invited Speaker: Molecular breeding for better and resilient crops: Successes and challenges. Water and Food Security Symposium: The role of Science in Food Security and Environmental Sustainability, Venice, Italy, 05/2015
        • 2014 - Invited Speaker: Molecular breeding for abiotic stress tolerance & improved nutrient-use efficiency. ComBio conference Canberra, Australia, 10/2014
        • 2013 - Invited Speaker: A novel rice protein kinase, OsPSTOL1, confers tolerance of P deficiency by enhancing root growth. Keystone Symposia Plant Abiotic Stress and Sustainable Agriculture, Taos, USA, 2013.