top of page
May 2018_crop.JPG

Dr. Andrea Harper

Principle Investigator

I am a Lecturer in Plant Biology at the University of York, and a Group Leader in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) based in the Department of Biology. My background is in statistical genetics, and I specialise in analysing omics data to identify genes controlling important traits of interest in plants. I am particularly interested in understanding why some plants are better at tolerating stressful conditions, as this information could be the key to making the next generation of crops more resilient and sustainable.

Sara Franco Ortega

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sara is a postdoctoral research associate with experience in molecular and bioinformatic tools. She completed a BSc in Biotechnology and two Master’s Degrees in Spain. Then, she obtained her PhD in plant pathology from the University of Turin (Italy). Her first postdoc at Newcastle University was focused on the detoxification of xenobiotics in wheat and blackgrass and now she works on several projects to control the major plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum, including the use of phages as biocontrol agents and the study of reservoir hosts of this bacterium.


Liam Barratt

PhD student

Liam completed his undergraduate studies at the University of York, graduating with an MBiol in Biology (Biotechnology and Microbiology). Now completing his PhD, Liam’s research focusses on understanding the genetic basis of tolerance to abiotic stresses in diverse wheat landraces, using network analysis to identify master regulator hub genes.

Updated Liam Pic.jpg

Isaac Reynolds

PhD student

Isaac completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Southampton, graduating with a first class MSci in Biology. In 2021, Isaac began working on his PhD under the White Rose DTP, utilising transcriptomics, methylomics, and network analysis as part of a multi-omics approach to understanding the abiotic stress regulomes of Brassica juncea and Triticum aestivum. 


Daniel Narino Rojas

PhD student

Daniel obtained his BSc in Biology from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and completed his MSc in Biotechnology at the University of York in the UK. In 2022, Daniel started his PhD focusing on the use of bacteriophages as biocontrol agents against the devastating phytopathogenic bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum, particularly on how evolutionary trade-offs can make phage-resistant mutants less virulent.


Karla Cardenas Gomez

PhD student

Karla is from Colombia and completed her Bachelor of Microbiology at Universidad de Los Andes. In 2013, she moved to Australia to complete her Master of Food Science at The University of Melbourne. In 2022, she moved to the UK to start her PhD researching the evolution of Ralstonia solanacearum strains at changing environmental conditions, using microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics and plant pathology tools.


Former Lab Members

Alison Fellgett - Technican

Tom Emrich-Mills - Technician

Ellis Smith - MSc by Research

James Bedford - MSc by Research

bottom of page