Crop Science Centre - Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Martina Orvošová

Martina Orvošová


I am an MPhil student in the Paszkowski Cereal Symbiosis Group, working on exploring the arbuscule morphology and nutrient transporter localization under different nutritional regimes. I have completed my undergraduate degree in Cambridge and have worked on arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and root nodule symbiosis.

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Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Gabriel Ferreras Garrucho

Gabriel Ferreras Garrucho


I’m a PhD student in the Cereal Symbiosis Group, working on the spatial (tissular and subcellular) regulation of D14L, an essential receptor for the symbiotic competence of rice. For this purpose, I will be creating, testing and characterizing (on a phenotypical, transcriptomic and proteomic level) a variety of rice lines expressing GFP-tagged D14L under different promoters and localization signals. I am funded by St John’s College with a Benefactor’s Scholarship.

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Crop Science Centre

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Tom Thirkell

Tom Thirkell


I’m a plant physiological ecologist with interests in sustainable agriculture, crop nutrition and soil microbial ecology. My work focusses on the interactions between crop plants and soil microbes, especially the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. At the Crop Science Centre, I'm using complimentary greenhouse and field trial experiments to investigate the role of mycorrhizas in crop nutrition.

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Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Holly Peacock

Holly Peacock


I have seven years’ experience working in Science Communications, a master’s in journalism and geophysical hazards, as well as an undergraduate degree in geology.

Prior to starting work at the Crop Science Centre, I was a Senior Communications Officer at the National Oceanography Centre.

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Crop Science Centre

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Dr Susana Sauret-Gueto

Dr Susana Sauret-Gueto


I manage the Labs and Research Facilities at CSC, working with the CSC Research Support Team. I am also CSC Deputy Safety Officer.

I am a senior researcher with a strong interest in influencing good research data management practices for the production of high quality research, together with supporting an inclusive and collaborative research culture.

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Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Thomas Irving

Thomas Irving


I'm a post-doc in the Cereal Symbiosis group, and will be working on identifying the endogenous ligand of D14L; taking positive hits from a chemical genomics screen and working with the Sainsbury Labs to design a FRET based biosensor to screen these, then confirming candidates with ITC and in planta

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Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Min-Yao Jhu

Min-Yao Jhu


Min-Yao is a postdoctoral research associate at the Crop Science Centre. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and her M.S. in Plant Biology at National Taiwan University, where she studied wounding induced miRNAs in sweet potatoes. After receiving her master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant in Academia Sinica on the regulatory mechanisms of Kranz anatomy development in maize. She then moved to the US and worked with Professor Neelima Sinha on parasitic plant research.

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Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Victor Moura

Victor Moura


I am Biologist (2012) graduated by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN, RN – Brazil), with MSc. (2015) and PhD (2019) degrees in Plant Pathology in the University of São Paulo (USP, SP – Brazil). Right after my PhD, I joined the Department of Entomology and Acarology in the same institution as Postdoctoral Researcher.

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Sustainable food production for everyone

The Crop Science Centre is a coalition between the University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences, and NIAB. This coalition focuses on translational research in crops with real-world impact. We combine the diverse skills and expertise of the University and NIAB, providing an environment for research excellence with the capability to apply discoveries to crop improvement in the field.

Our research is interdisciplinary and of global relevance. We strive to improve both staple crops such as maize, wheat and rice, but also the specific crops of relevance to small-holder farmers, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Centre provides leadership in crop sciences, with a creative and dynamic research culture, motivated by improvement of agriculture for the betterment of society.

Our mission

At the Crop Science Centre, we are generating crop plants that deliver sufficient food for everyone in a sustainable way

  • We deliver agricultural impact, using excellence in research
  • We strive for sustainability, reducing agricultural reliance on chemical inputs
  • We foster equality, valuing all members of our research community
  • We believe in equity, ensuring even the world’s poorest farmers can grow enough food

Years of research has provided a deep understanding of how plants function, creating opportunities to transform the way we produce our food.  I am motivated to improve the sustainability and the equity of food production worldwide

Professor Giles Oldroyd,
CSC Director

Professor Giles Oldroyd

“The delivery of both public goods and economic growth is essential for today’s plant scientists, with the need to produce sufficient healthy nutritious food without harming the environment being at the top of the international agenda.”

Dr Tina Barsby,
CEO and Director of NIAB

Dr Tina Barsby

“We envisage that new CSC crop technologies will enable higher crop yields and lower environmental impact for crop-based food production – as well as contributing to improved dietary health.”

Sir David Baulcombe,
Royal Society Professor

Sir David Baulcombe