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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


Department of Plant Services


Hi I'm Alex and I'm a second year PhD student in Plant Sciences based at the Sainsbury Laboratory. I grew up in London and was always interested in science from a young age but never really decisive enough to specialise to I chose to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge. During my undergrad I was exposed to plant sciences for the first time and quickly became fascinated, leading me to my PhD where I work on mutualistic and pathogenic plant-microbe interactions.


Project Title:

A comparative characterisation of intracellular interfaces between filamentous microbes and plants

Project Summary:

Many biotrophic interactions between plants and filamentous microbes involve intracellular structures within living plant cells that provide an interface for nutrient transfer and trans-kingdom signalling. By studying different interfaces in the same host, I aim to identify the common plant components and processes required, with implications for disease resistance breeding.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Dr Sebastian Schornack

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PhD Student