Recognizing Plant Physiology author Catriona Walker

Catriona Walker, first author of Integrated dominance mechanisms regulate reproductive architecture in Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica napus

Current Position: PhD student, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Education: MRes Plant Science (University of Glasgow), BSc Biology (University of Stirling)

Non-scientific interests: Going to the gym, aerial fitness, baking.

Brief bio: I decided to return to academia having previously been a crop pathologist with the agricultural consultancy ADAS, and realising I wanted to be involved in linking more fundamental research to applied concepts. I joined Tom Bennett’s lab in 2017 as a technician, before starting my PhD in 2018. My work focuses on dominance relationships within and between fruits and inflorescences, alongside the control of the end of flowering. The majority of my work is in Arabidopsis and Brassica napus, although I still have a soft spot for wheat! My long term goal is to start my own research lab, ideally working on the interplay between floral development and floral arrest.