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Dr Dana MacGregor

Weed Molecular Biologist

Protecting Crops and the Environment

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
+44 (0) 1582 938 219
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Dr Dana MacGregor is a plant molecular geneticist with expertise in understanding how plants survive the challenges of their environment and how they pass these beneficial traits on to secure the success of subsequent generations. She is currently focusing on agricultural weeds, Nature’s ultimate survivors. She and her colleagues are working on quantifying and undertaking mechanistic investigation of the traits that allow agricultural weeds to allude chemical or cultural controls. Current projects focus on developing lab-based molecular resources, tools and techniques to explore genotype-to-phenotype and phenotype-to-genotype hypotheses in problematic weeds such as Alopecurus, Lolium, and Amaranthus species. Dana has been at Rothamsted Research since 2018, she is LTHE qualified and an Accredited Supervisor. For full details of her experience and publications, please visit links on this page or

Strategic Programme

  • Growing Health

Science Projects

  • The International Weed Genomics Consortium


  • 2013 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy
  • 2008 PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cellular Biology, University of Chicago2008 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

2022 – Keynote Speaker: 19th European Weed Research Society Symposium

2022 – Invited Speaker: EastBio DTP Student Symposium – Edinburgh

2022 – New PhD project in collaboration with University of Plymouth and Bayer AG