Prof Sarah Gurr

Prof. Sarah Gurr studied at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (BSc, ARCS, DIC and PhD), where she was awarded The Huxley Medal for her outstanding record of achievement.  She was a post-doctoral Fellow in Fungal Biology at St Andrews University and then held an independent Royal Society University Research Fellowship in Molecular Plant Pathology. She was appointed, firstly as Lecturer, then Reader and Professor at Oxford (and Fellow of Somerville College), where she held a Leverhulme Trust Royal Society Senior Research and a NESTA Fellowship. Sarah was appointed to the Chair in Food Security, at Exeter University in 2013. She has been Head of School for the past 2 years. She was formerly President of The British Society of Plant Pathology and sits on BBSRC Council, until 2018. Her interests are in crop diseases, with particular emphasis on fungal infestations and in their global movement and control. Sarah has authored or co-authored over 130 publications, including a contribution to the recent Government Foresight report on “Biological Hazards”. She holds a Chair (Honorary) at Utrecht University and was awarded the President’s medal by The British Mycological Society in 2018.