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Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a Research Scientist is like? With Rothamsted Research's 'A day in the life of a research scientist’ wondered no longer! This blog series will give an insight into: who our scientists are; what their career journey has been so far; the type of scientific research they are involved in; why you may find their work of interest to you; their ups and downs; what drives, excites and challenges them to carry out scientific research; and much more.

A day in the life of Dr Alison Carswell

Alison is an early career Agricultural Scientist at Rothamsted Research. Her research, which is part of the UK-China joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy funded by the BBSRC-Newton Fund, aims to provide the knowledge and innovation needed to reduce nitrogen losses from agriculture and improve nitrogen use efficiency.

November 2016

A day in the life of Dr Jozsef Vuts

Jozsef is an early career Chemical Ecologist at Rothamsted Research. His research examines the chemical communication of crop pests in efforts to provide the knowledge and innovation needed to develop control strategies. Jozsef is also researching the chemical ecology of the rhizosphere to identify the messengers which allow plant root communication in the soil.

October 2016

A day in the life of Dr Ondrej Kosik

Ondrej is an early career Plant Biochemist at Rothamsted Research. His research, which is funded by the Newton Fund, examines the structure and content of complex carbohydrates in plant cell walls of different varieties of rice, with the aim of providing the knowledge needed to breed new varieties with a higher dietary fibre content.

September 2016

A day in the life of Dr Kasra Sabermanesh

Kasra is an early career Crop Physiologist at Rothamsted Research. Funded by the BBSRC as part of the 20:20 Wheat® programme, Kasra is part of a multidisciplinary team of post-docs developing automated approaches to identify new breeding targets in crops.

August 2016

A day in the life of Dr Andrea Dixon

Andrea is an early career Population Geneticist at Rothamsted Research. Her research, which is funded by the BBSRC, examines the evolution of herbicide resistance in black-grass, a major weed of cereal crops. 

July 2016

A day in the life of Dr Neil Brown

Neil is an early career Fungal Biologist at Rothamsted Research. His research, which is funded by the BBSRC, examines how Fusarium, a fungal disease of cereal crops, senses its environment in order to coordinate disease and the production of harmful fungal toxins that contaminant our food. 

June 2016

A day in the life of Dr Claire Horrocks

Claire is an early career Soil Scientist at Rothamsted Research. Her research, which is in collaboration with the Centre for Tropical Agriculture, aims to identify quick methods for assessing soil health of tropical grasslands. 

May 2016 

A day in the life of Dr Chris Jones

Chris is an early career Molecular Ecologist at Rothamsted Research. His research, which is funded by the BBSRC, aims to contribute further understanding of the genetic basis of migratory behaviour in insect pests.

April 2016