Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton
Biological SciencesPostgraduate study

Miss Lauren Hibbert BSc, MRes

Postgraduate Research Student

Miss Lauren Hibbert's photo

Miss Lauren Hibbert is a Postgraduate Research Student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Lauren is a PhD student using molecular breeding tools to develop watercress with improved nutritional value and phosphate use efficiency.


2014-2017 BSc Biology (First Class Honours) – University of Bristol

2017-2019 MSc (Res) Biological Sciences – University of Bristol

Research interests

  • Genetic basis of phosphate use efficiency in watercress.
  • Breeding watercress for enhanced anti-cancer benefits and sweetness.

My research focuses on developing watercress varieties for reduced fertilizer application and improved nutritional value. In particular, I am using phenotyping and genotyping techniques to identify root traits associated with improved phosphate-use efficiency. This project focuses on sustainable agriculture: reducing fertilizer use is important for minimizing the environmental pollution associated with modern watercress farming.

My project takes me both to UC Davis where I conduct most of my research and to the UK and Portugal for the field season.

PhD Supervision

Prof. Gail Taylor, Dr Mark Chapman

PhD research

Funded by Vitacress Ltd.

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Affiliate research group

Taylor lab (University of California, Davis)

Miss Lauren Hibbert
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
Share this profile Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo
Privacy Settings