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jackie freeman


Dr Jackie Freeman

Plant Biochemist - Molecular Biologist

Sustainable Soils and Crops

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
+44 (0) 1582 938 537
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Jackie has focused on cell wall biosynthesis and composition in grasses for the past ten years, mainly in wheat grain, using molecular techniques to identify genes responsible for the biosynthesis of the major cell wall components and biochemical techniques to investigate the structure of these components. She has previously worked on cereal storage proteins, photorespiration in barley, wheat grain development and plant pathogen detection and population dynamics. Jackie is a research scientist with more than 25 years' experience of working in plant science, including plant molecular biology and biochemistry, plant biotechnology, molecular plant pathology and wheat grain quality. The current focus of her research is investigating the fine structure and properties of the major grass cell wall polysaccharide, arabinoxylan, including how these relate to wheat end use quality.


  • 2004 - PhD, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • 2000 - MSc (with Distinction), University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • 1987 - Bachelor (Hons) of Science, Hatfield Polytechnic (now University of Hertfordshire), UK

Measures of Esteem

  • 2016 - Invited talks at 1st LBNet International Conference, Shrigley Hall, Cheshire and AAB Wheat genetic improvement of end-use quality, Harpenden
  • Reviewed manuscripts for Plant Pathology, Transgenic Research, Plant Molecular Biology Reporter and Journal of Cereal Science
  • Member of the AAB
  • 2012 - Invited talk on cell wall biosynthesis at the Monogram Conference
  • 2013 - Invited and funded by EMBRAPA to present at the UK-EMBRAPA project workshop in Brasilia