Dr Maria Sobczyk
My research at NIAB EMR is positioned at the interface between Rosaceous crops, particularly strawberry (diploid Fragaria vesca and octaploid Fragaria x. ananassa) and their various fungal and oomycete pathogens. I am using phylogenomics and population genetics approaches to uncover the traces of plant-pathogen interactions left in their respective genomes in order to enhance our understanding of plant disease resistance.
Previous to starting at EMR, I completed a DPhil on the evolution of nickel hyperaccumulation in a Brassicacae genus Alyssum, working with Prof. Andrew Smith and Dr Dmitry Filatov in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. I also hold a BSc Biology degree from the University of York.
- Sobczyk, M.K., Smith, J.A.C and Filatov, D.A. (2016). Evolution of nickel hyperaccumulation and serpentine adaptation in the Alyssum serpyllifolium species complex. Heredity. (accepted).
- Sobczyk, M.K. (2014). In search of French populations of Alyssum serpyllifolium - an exemplary nickel hyperaccumulator species. Genetics Society News 70. 41-42.