Knowledge for a sustainable world

BSc, PhD

Dr Lorraine 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 worked directly with Southern Salads under the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership initiative. Here she was responsible for disseminating knowledge to and from commerce and academia, providing scientific support on both strategic and operational levels. She also developed practical quality assays and methods for the detection of physiological characteristics relating to a specific stress response in salad leaves.  

Her current role, Enterprise Development Fellow, allows her to expand on her research in applied postharvest plant physiology whilst continuing to engage with stakeholders from across the UK AgriTech sector. By collaborating with the fresh produce industries Lorraine looks to support the reduction of waste and emissions and promote sustainable food production and security.

Dr Fisher also has provided training and support to BSc and MSc students, presented at International conferences and been involved in a number of public engagement events.

  • 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
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