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 Expert  729783

Expert in Plant Biotechnology, Agiculture-Plant Breeding, Analytical Bbiochemistry- Mass Spectrometry

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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert having completed a post-doc and 12 years in academia went into the plant biotechnology industry at the very beginning. As such he has been involved in crop genetic engineering from the beginning with over 20 years of experience in transforming potatoes and then cereals to alter primary metabolism. Expert was involved in the first commercial field trials in the UK of transgenic potatoes and has served on advisory boards to develop the risk assessment strategies for these. As such he has therefore built up an extensive knowledge of plant metabolism and physiology, crop growth in the field, and processing of the harvested crops, especially into starch and snack foods such as crisps/chips and French fries. Such work has also involved the molecular analysis of gene expression and molecular breeding with tools such as RFLPs SNPs and others. Some 30 patent applications arose from the work.

As part of his work he has always had to analyse plant metabolism. In recent years this has meant the use of the latest chromatographic methods and the use of mass spectrometers in particular MALDI mass spectrometers to measure metabolites at the single cell level and nanospary ionisation to measure small volumes of plant extracts.


amino acid analysis


analytical biochemistry






crop genetic engineering


electrospray ionization


food biotechnology


genetic engineering


genetic probe technology


mass spectrometer


metabolic engineering


plant biochemistry


plant biotechnology


plant cell biology


plant genetic engineering


plant physiology

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1973   PhD   Biochemical Plant Pathology   University of Cambridge  
1970   MA, BA in Botany   Natural Sciences   University of Cambridge   Scholar, University Scholar

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2002 to




APS University of Sheffield


Honorary Research Professor


He runs the analytical metabolism facility in the department

1987 to 2002


Advanced technologies Cambridge Ltd.



Principal Scientist


Oversaw the whole company research program which involved molecular marker development and gene mapping, plant genetic engineering and development of tissue culture of recalcitrant crops.

1976 to 1987


Rothamsted Experimental Station


Fungicides and Insecticides


Principal Scientific Officer


Studies of the mode of action of fungicides, development of agrobacterium transformation of potato

1973 to 1976


University of Sheffield






Studies on rust metabolism in infected plants

Career Accomplishments:

American Society for Plant Biology, Society for Experimental Biology, British Mass Spectomtery Society, Biochemical Society, British Society for Plant Pathology, American Socity of Mass Spectrometry

Professional Appointments

Honoray Publications Officer for the SEB


Visiting Professor of Plant Biochemistry Royal Holloway College, Visiting Professor Plant Biology Essex University, Honorary Research Fellow University of Sheffield, Honorary Research Fellow of Sheffield Hallam University.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 120 publications, 30 patent applications, edited two books and had over 17 succesful PhD students. He is currently series editor for Essential reviews in experimental Biology.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Experimental Botany  
 - Australian Journal of Plant Physiology  
 - Plant Biotechnology  
 - Plant Functional Biology (previously Australian Journal of Plant Physiology)  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1998 to 2002   BBSRC   Peer review   He was an expert for review of grant applications in the area of plant agriculutre and plant biotechniology and metabolism
2008 to 2010   European Union   Expert Scientist   Review of grant applications and progress of research projects

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He advised on the reduction of loss of stored turf due to sod heating. Provided experimental advice on how to treat the turf.
  • He advised on the use of starch from the waste stream from chip production and on the use of this in other processed products.
  • He has advised on the use of metabolomics to profile plant crops in breeding programs.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Biotechnology patent applications, experience in appeals court as scientific expert. potato crop risk assessment.
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Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He has a working knowledge of the language and can get by in France or with visitors.

Additional Skills and Services:

Analytical biochemistry with mass spectrometers.


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