Past Members



Victoria Anderson

PhD student 2005-2008.

Molecular studies of fish and plant pathogenic oomycetes.

Alex Appiah

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 2003-2006.

Zoospore behaviour in Phytophthora species.

Catherine Bruce

PhD student 2002-2005.

Proteomic and Biochemical analysis of pathogenicity in Phytophthora infestans.

Neil Horner

PhD student 2004-2008.

Molecular studies of the oomycete biocontrol agent Pythium oligandrum.

Shuang Li

PhD student 2001-2004.

Proteomic analysis of secreted proteins from Phytophthora infestans.

Andrew Phillips

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 2005-2008.

Development of molecular tools and a fish cell-line model for the study of Saprolegnia spp.

Emma Robertson

PhD student 2004-2007.

An insight into the transcriptome of the fish pathogen Saprolegnia parasitica.

Ulrike Schumann

PhD student 2003-2008.

Analysis of E. coli and Phytophthora infestans mechanosensitive channels.

Claire Walker

PhD student 2003-2007.

Gene silencing and development in  Phytophthora infestans.

Severine Groufaud

PhD student, supervised by Pieter van West and Steve Whisson (SCRI)


Project: RxLR effector proteins in Phytophthora infestans.

Alison Williams

Research Assistant 2002-2005.

Proteomic Analysis of Phytophthora infestans.

Laura Grenville-Briggs

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.


Projects: Molecular investigations into the infection process of the oomycete Eurychasma dicksonii on brown algae. Mathematical modelling of zoospore behaviour in Phytophthora infestans. Pythium oligandrum-Phytophthora infestans interactions. Cell wall biology.

Martina Strittmatter

PhD student,supervised by Frithjof Kupper and Claire Gachon (SAMS) and Pieter van West. 2007-2011

Project: Molecular Biology of the Ectocarpus/Eurychasma pathosystem.

Dr Irene de Bruijn

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow


Projects: Identification and characterisation of Saprolegenia parasitica effector molecules Genome sequencing and annotation of Saprolegnia parasitica.

Kirsty Minor

Industrial joint CASE PhD student with The Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre, University of Aberdeen (BBSRC) and Schering Plough Ltd.

Supervised by Pieter van West and Chris Secombes.


Project: Towards a vaccine against Saprolgenia parasitica.