Dr. Andrea Harper
Andrea holds a BSc in Genetics and an MSc in Biomedical and Forensic Egyptology from the University of Manchester. Her PhD, completed at the University of Birmingham, was concerned with tracing the evolutionary histories of several species of campions (Silene spp). During subsequent postdoctoral positions in the Bancroft Labs at the John Innes Centre in Norwich and the University of York, she developed new statistical genetics approaches for deciphering complex traits of interest in plants. Since 2016, Andrea has been a Lecturer in Plant Biology at the University of York, where her lab works on new ways to interrogate genetic data in order to understand traits of importance for the environment, food security and agricultural sustainability.
Masters by Research student
I originally completed a BSc in Biology from the University of York. During my undergraduate studies I developed a keen interest in genetics with an emphasis on bioinformatic techniques and their applications in the understanding of the genetic factors underlying phenotypic traits of interest. I found that my research interests coincided well with that of the work currently being undertaken in the Harper lab. Hence I have taken up a Masters by Research (MRes) programme here in the Harper lab at the University of York. My project involves investigating the genetic factors contributing to drought resistance in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) by analysing landraces belonging to the YoGI Diversity Panel.