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Sarah Gurr, University of Exeter, UK

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Prof. Sarah Gurr studied at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (BSc ARCS DIC and PhD), where she was awarded The Huxley Medal for her outstanding record of achievement.  She was a post-doctoral Fellow in Fungal Biology at St Andrews University and then held an independent Royal Society University Research Fellowship in Molecular Plant Pathology. She was appointed, firstly as Lecturer, then Reader and Professor at Oxford (and Fellow of Somerville College), where she held a Leverhulme Trust Royal Society Senior Research and a NESTA Fellowship. Sarah was appointed to the Chair in Food Security, a post created by Exeter University in association with BBSRC and Rothamsted Research, in 2013. She has been Head of Discipline for the past 2 years. She was formerly President of The British Society of Plant Pathology and currently sits on BBSRC Council. Her interests are in crop diseases (notably of rice and wheat), with particular emphasis on fungal infestations and in their global movement and control. She has authored or co-authored aver 120 publications, including a contribution to the recent Government Foresight report on “Biological Hazards”. Sarah held the Donder's Chair (Honorary) at Utrecht University, 2016-2017.

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