Dr Victoria Woolley
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Dr Victoria Woolley joined the University of Greenwich in 2018, after completing her PhD in Life Sciences at the University of Warwick (Warwick Crop Centre). During her PhD, she investigated the impact of entomopathogenic fungi and their metabolites on the insect immune response, as well as determining the potential of these metabolites for use as biopesticides in integrated pest management.
Since joining NRI, she has primarily been involved in the NaPROCLA project (Natural pest regulation on orphan crop legumes in Africa), collaborating with scientists in east Africa to investigate the potential of natural enemies to control insect pests of legumes.
Victoria is interested in how natural enemies can be used for integrated pest management, with the aim of developing more sustainable agricultural practices.
Victoria’s main research interests are:
- Using molecular biology techniques, such as DNA barcoding and metabarcoding to identify natural enemies of insect pests.
- Developing techniques to conserve or increase the population beneficial insects on farms.
- Understanding the mechanism of infection of entomopathogenic fungi, particularly how these fungi subvert the insect immune system.