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Miss Ellie Kirby BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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After completing a 12-week summer project funded by the Genetics Society, supervised by Dr Herman Wijnen, Ellie continued in this lab investigating the transcriptional regulators of the temperature driven Drosophila clock gene, period for her 3rd year project. During this time Ellie developed an interest in molecular biology leading her to pursue a PhD project to identify the molecular target for a novel nematicide – fluensulfone, in an aim to improve food security.

Academic qualifications

2016-Present: PhD studentship in Biological Sciences. University of Southampton, UK.
2013-2016: BSc Biology (1st Class Hons). University of Southampton, UK.

Research interests

My research is interested in elucidating the mode of action of a new nematicide – fluensulfone (developed by ADAMA agricultural solutions). Plant parasitic nematodes (PPNs) are attributed to significant yield reduction of crop plants costing, annually, around $125 billion, so my project aims to use an Arabidopsis Thaliana model to determine how this novel nematicide acts. This will enable us to identify its molecular target with the aim to develop and enhance PPN control mechanisms and improve food security.

PhD supervision: Professor Matthew Terry, Professor Lindy Holden-Dye, Professor Vincent O’Connor
Phd Research: Understanding the phytotoxicity and elucidating the mode of action of a novel nematicide.
Funding provider: ADAMA Agricultural Solutions

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Affiliate research group

Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG)

Research project(s)

Elucidating the mode of action of a novel nematicide on plant parasitic nematodes


BIOL1012 Systems Physiology
BIOL1013 Integrative Mammalian Physiology
BIOL2002 Cell Biology
BIOL2007 Plant Development and Function

Membership of External Organisations

Biochemical Society
Society for Experimental Biology (S.E.B)

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Miss Ellie Kirby
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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