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Dr Lorraine Fisher

Plant Biologist, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate
MSc, PhD
Food and Markets Department
Natural Resources Institute


Dr Lori Fisher obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences from the University West of England (2008–2011) culminating in a final year project on the effects of salt stress on heat resistance in the algae Chlorella vulgaris. In 2011 she undertook an industry-sponsored PhD at the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in the Energy Crop Biology research group with Dr Maurice Bosch and Professor Luis Mur. Here she exploited the model grass, Brachypodium distachyon, to investigate drought resistance mechanisms through a combination of phenotyping and RNA sequencing investigations, with supplementary studies into the cell wall, utilising high performance liquid chromatography and FTIR spectrometry. During this time, Dr Fisher also carried out various drought screens on the grass Lolium perenne with the International grass seed company DLF Trifolium, based in Denmark.

In February 2016, Dr Fisher joined the Natural Resources Institute at University of Greenwich, where she has since been working directly with Southern Salads under the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership initiative. This has provided an opportunity to address her own ethos regarding the application of science to reduce waste and develop sustainable food production and security. It has further extended her own research interests in abiotic stress and plant development, with the development of practical quality assays and methods for the detection of physiological characteristics relating to a specific stress response in salad leaves.

Dr Fisher is responsible for disseminating knowledge to and from commerce and academia, providing scientific support on both strategic and operational levels. She also has provided training to BSc students, given talks at international conferences and been involved in a number of public engagement events.

Selected Publications

Fisher L. H. C., Han J., Corke F. M. K., Akinyemi Aderemi, Didion T, Nielsen K., Doonan J. H., Mur L. A. J., Bosch M (2016). Linking Dynamic Phenotyping with Metabolite Analysis to Study Natural Variation in Drought Responses of Brachypodium distachyon. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 1751

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Plant Abiotic Stress Conference III, Vienna Austria, 2015
  • International Brachypodium Conference, Modena Italy, 2013

Contact Information

Lorraine Fisher

Natural Resources Institute

University of Greenwich

Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, United Kingdom.

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