Our Team

Giles Oldroyd

Project Leader

Giles Oldroyd is a Professor at the John Innes Centre and head of the Plant Biotic Interactions group. Western agricultural systems are reliant on the application of inorganic…

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 at the JIC…

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…

Andy Breakspear

Research Assistant

Andy is a research assistant on the ENSA team at the John Innes Center in Norwich. Andy manages the DNA synthesis and Golden Gate shared platforms – key…

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…

Thomas Brutnell

Project Leader

Professor Thomas Brutnell joined the Danforth Center in 2012 to lead the Enterprise Institute for Renewable Fuels. A primary objective of Dr. Brutnell's program is to expand the…

Sébastien Fort

Group Leader

Sébastien Fort is group leader at CERMAV (France), a fundamental research center in Glycosciences. His research is focused on molecular engineering of glycoconjugates by "Enzym'n Click" approaches. In…

Doreen Feike

Postdoctoral Scientist

Doreen Feike is a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Giles Oldroyd at the John Innes Centre (JIC) Norwich. She studied biotechnology in Germany and became interested in plant science…

Clare Gough

Co-Group Leader

Since 1985 when Clare started her PhD in Mike Daniel’s group at the John Innes Institute (UK), she has been studying how plants and bacteria interact together. Firstly,…

Ei-ichi Murakami

Postdoctoral Scientist

Ei-ichi Murakami is post-doctoral research of Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University and completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Nature System Science at Kagoshima University. In his…

Jongho Sun

Research Assistant

Dr. Sun is a research assistant at the John Innes Centre. He has always had an interest in the symbiotic calcium oscillation in Legume, which is being proved…

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.

Fabienne Maillet

Postdoctoral Researcher

Recruited in 1983 in Jean Denarie's team, Fabienne’s career is linked to the story of the nitrogen fixing symbiosis and its various discoveries: the cloning and regulation of…

Guru Radhakrishnan

PhD Student

Guru is a PhD candidate in the Oldroyd Lab at the John Innes Centre. He studies the evolution of gene networks controlling symbiosis in plants. For this, he…

Noor de Jong

Lab technician

Noor de Jong works as a lab-technician in Jens Stougaards lab at the University of Aarhus in Denmark

Quan Zhang

Post-doctoral Researcher

Quan received his PhD in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University. After graduation he moved to Ithaca, New York, where he worked on Medicago arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbiosis…