JIC scientists take up new posts at IBERS
Professor John Doonan and Professor Noel Ellis have taken up new positions at The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University.
John Doonan has become Professor of Genetics at IBERS as well as Director of a new Plant Phenomics Centre. John joined JIC in 1989 and worked initially on the genetics of regulatory proteins that control cell cycle progression in fungi. More recently he focused on cell proliferation in higher plants, using biochemical and genetic approaches to identify key regulators of cell cycle progression and define their role in seed and grain development.
Noel Ellis has become Professor in Crop Genetics and Phenotype Biology. Noel has more than 30 years experience in plant molecular genetics. Before being appointed to IBERS, he was Associate Head of Crop Genetics at the JIC. He moved to the John Innes directly after completing his PhD at the MRC Mammalian Genome unit in Edinburgh. His personal research interests concern legume genetics and the role that legumes can play in the development of sustainable agriculture, our understanding of crop performance and wider aspects of plant biology.
IBERS is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the study of biological, environmental and rural sciences, funded by the BBSRC, Defra, The Welsh Assembly and the European Union. Around 300 research, teaching and support staff conduct basic, strategic and applied research in biology from the level of genes and other molecules to the impact of climate change and bio-energy on sustainable agriculture and land use.