Our Team

Giles Oldroyd

Project Leader

Giles Oldroyd is a Group Leader at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU). Western agricultural systems are reliant on the application of inorganic nitrogen fertilisers that greatly enhance…


Jens Stougaard

Professor, Project Leader

Jens Stougaard is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University and Director of the Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling (CARB). Jens Stougaard leads a group…


Christian Rogers

Scientific Programme Manager

Christian is the Scientific Programme Manager for ENSA and has held this position since the programme began in 2012. He leads the engineering technology team that centralises ENSA's…

Uta Paszkowski

Project Leader

The mutually beneficial arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis is the most widespread association between roots of terrestrial plants and fungi of the Glomeromycota. The association receives increasing scientific attention…

Simona Radutoiu

Associate Professor

Simona Radutoiu’s research deals with the studies of plant-endophyte interaction. Endophytes are bacteria or fungi that live inside the plant colonising various tissues, sometimes inducing local plant cell…

Thomas Ott


Thomas Ott is Professor for Plant Cell Biology at the University of Freiburg (Germany). Having a long-standing interest in root nodule symbiosis, his lab has focussed during recent…

Kasper R. Andersen

Assistant Professor

Kasper Andersen leads a research group in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University studying the signalling mechanisms that permits plants to accommodate symbiotic microorganisms.…

Wendy Harwood

Project Leader

Wendy leads the Crop Transformation Group that develops and delivers efficient crop genetic modification and genome editing. She uses transformation-based technologies to help understand gene function and develop…

Dugald Reid

Post doctorial Scientist

Dugald Reid is a Postdoc in Jens Stougaard’s Laboratory at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University. Dugald’s research interest is in plant hormones and initiation…

Pierre-Marc Delaux

Project leader

His research aim at understanding the evolution of the molecular mechanisms controlling beneficial associations between plants and microbes, with a particular focus on the arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) and…

Tom Lawrenson

Post-doctoral Researcher

After 15 years of working as a research assistant at JIC, Tom joined ENSA in March 2015 where he carries out T-DNA copy number determination in barley lines…

Eleni Soumpourou

Research Assistant

Eleni is a Research Assistant for the ENSA project who manages the DNA parts library, synthesis orders and lab administration.

Richard Harrison

Head of Department, Genetics, Genomics & Breeding

Richard Harrison heads a research team at NIAB EMR looking at the genetics of complex traits and plant-microbe interactions. As part of ENSA, the team is working to…

Euan James

Project Leader

Dr James is leading a team at The James Hutton Institute to identify groups of legumes that have specific traits of interest for further analysis. The foundation for…