Leitch group – past and present
Wenjia (Emily) Gu. PhD student (2018-2022). The interaction of Nitrogen and Phosphorus and plant genome size with the growth of Plants. Recipient of a CSC scholarship.
Leif Bersweden (2019 (2021). Genomic evidence for polyphyly and inter-lineage hybridization within Orchis purpurea Huds. (Orchidaceae). NERC student
Luca Pegoraro. PhD student (2016-2020). The Evolution of Asteraceae in the European Alps. Recipient of Harding Alpine Research Scholarship.
Dr Shah Khalid (2019), soil ecologist visiting with a British Council grant from Islamia College Peshawar, Pakistan, to build collaborations on projects investigating soil health on plant growth.
Dr Monika Struebig, expert in NGS technologies. Previously worked on holocentric chromosomes in Luzula. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lu Ma (2012-2014), expert molecular cytogeneticist, with expertise in fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH), immunocytochemistry and artificial chromosome construction in plants. He is currently working as a Marie Curie Fellow on Giant Genomes.
Dr Nian Wang, Ph.D. student (2011-2014). Betula hybridisation, polyploidy and speciation; genetics, phylogenetics, and evolution. email@example.com
Dr Brian Yap, Ph.D. student (2011-2014). Paphiopedilum taxonomy, phylogenetics, cytogenetics and evolution. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Hannes Becher, postgraduate intern (2013-2014). Fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) and genome analysis in Fritillaria.
Colleagues now elsewhere
Simon Renny-Byfield (2009-2012), worked on Nicotiana polyploidy, NGS sequence analysis and fluorescent in situ hybridisation. Now working with Jonathan Wendel in Iowa. email@example.com
Dr Mike Chester (2007- 2010), worked on Allium telomeres, now working on Tragopogon polyploids with the Soltis’ group in Florida. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Elizabeth McCarthy (2007-2010), worked on the influence of polyploidy on Nicotiana flower development. Now working at the New York Botanical Garden. email@example.com
We are particularly thankful for the close collaboration of our friends and colleagues in the labs run by: Dr Ales Kovarik, Dr Marie Angele Grandbastien, Dr Lily Ainouche, Professor Mark Chase, Professor Sandra Knapp, Dr Jiri Macas, Dr Ilia Leitch, Dr Mike Fay, Professor Doug Soltis, Professor Pam Soltis.