Dr Lesley Boyd
Lesley is Head of NIAB International. She has led a research programme investigating the genetics, cellular and molecular biology of partial, adult plant expressed and nonhost resistance to fungal pathogens in wheat since 1995. In 2012 she moved her research programme to NIAB. Lesley undertakes classical genetics studies, including genetic mapping and candidate gene and genome wide association screens, to define quantitative resistance to stripe (yellow) and stem (black) rust in wheat. Functional studies to determine mechanisms of quantitative resistance include histopathology, and transient and stable gene expression in wheat and barley. In 2011 she was awarded the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Mentor Award in recognition of her contribution to training and mentoring of female scientists in the area of cereal research.