Dr Emma Cascant-Lopez

Molecular Pathologist - Circadian Biologist
Department:Genetics, Genomics & Breeding
Fax:+44 (0)1732 849067

Research Interests

My research interests centre around understanding the interaction between plants and pathogens at the molecular level. In particular, I am interested in how abiotic and genetic factors affect key developmental and pathogenic processes at specific times-of-day. My PhD project conducted at NIAB-EMR (2014-2018), focused on identifying genes involved in circadian rhythmicity in the vascular wilt Verticillium dahliae and their influence on pathogenicity using comparative genetics, molecular biology and bioinformatics.

My current research aims to continue the work of my PhD, addressing how light and temperature affect fungal lifecycle, development and pathogenicity, with the objective to open new avenues for novel fungal control measures. I am also interested in applying molecular pathology and sequencing techniques to study other pathogen-host systems.”

Selected Publications

  • Harrison N., Harrison R.J., Barber-Perez N., Cascant-Lopez E., Cobo-Medina M., Lipska M., Conde-Ruiz R., Brain P., Gregory P.J. and Fernandez-Fernandez F. . (2016). A new three-locus model for rootstock-induced dwarfing in apple revealed by genetic mapping of root bark percentage J. Exp. Bot. 67(6). 1871-81.