Biointeractions and Crop Protection
Suzanne’s research lies broadly in the field of chemical ecology, focusing primarily on the design of effective biosynthetic pathway elucidation procedures towards the aphid sex pheromone components. She has used isotopically-labelled putative precursors and intermediates, in combination with dynamic headspace collection techniques and GC-MS and NMR spectroscopy analysis, to increase understanding of the aphids’ inherent biosynthesis of (4aS,7S,7aR)-nepetalactone and (1R,4aS,7S,7aR)-nepetalactol. This initiative has the potential to contribute to the field of synthetic biology through rational design of novel pheromone structures. Suzanne has a background in chemistry and analytical toxicology, and she has an ongoing interest in patent law, facilitated by time spent in the IP litigation department at Allen and Overy LLP.
- Elucidating the Biosynthetic Pathway of the Aphid Sex Pheromone
- 2010 - MSc in Analytical Toxicology, Queen Mary, University of London
- 2008 - Master of Chemistry (Hons), University of Warwick