Edgar Huitema

Division of Plant Sciences

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Graham Motion

Biology is a subject that I have always been interested in. After completing my HNC and HND in Applied Biological Sciences I went on to carry out my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Dundee. Throughout the course of my degree I became particularly interested in the way that pathogens interact with their hosts during the course of infections. This interest, coupled with the desire to find out more, led me to gain an SGM funded summer placement with Dr Nicola Holden at the James Hutton Institute. During this project I looked at the role that different flagella and fimbriae play in the binding of pathogenic E.coli in plants. This experience focused my interests to the field of plant-microbe interactions. Following on from this, I decided to carry out my University honours project in Dr Edgar Huitemas lab. During this project I aimed to determine if there were conserved target interactions between effectors from Phytophthora capsici and P. infestans. From this I identified a putative target for a P. capsici effector from a P. infestans target library, which indicated a high probability of a common target between the two. This project strengthened my interest in plant-microbe interactions and further confirmed my desire to continue with a career in research. I successfully gained a joint PhD position between JHI and University of Dundee and started work in October 2012. My project is looking at the identification of DNA binding effectors from Phytophthora. I am looking forward to this new challenge and getting some exciting work done.

Graham Motion
PhD student
Plant Sciences