Standard studentship with associate partner: In collaboration with Rothamsted + Swansea
Sophia graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2018 with a BSc in Commercial Horticulture. Her final year project, a collaboration with PlantWorks Ltd, focused on the effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on tomato plants subjected to abiotic stresses. It was during this project that Sophia became fascinated with the complex nature of plant-microbe interactions. After this, she worked as a Research Technician for a year at Driscoll’s UK Ltd, during which she focused on the micropropagation of soft fruits for berry breeding programmes. Sophia then went on to graduate from Harper Adams University with a PgD in Plant Pathology.
Sophia’s PhD project, a collaboration between Rothamsted Research and Swansea University, aims to identify how the stage of the life cycle and type of mycorrhizal fungal structures alter root cell metabolism of colonised roots by creating the first small molecule maps of mycorrhizal roots using state-of-the-art mass spectrometry imaging technology.