Pat Heslop-Harrison PI

Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison
Professor Pat Heslop-Harrison

Pat (JS) Heslop-Harrison is Professor of Plant Cell Biology and Molecular Cytogenetics at the University of Leicester, UK (80%) and Principle Investigtor, Plant Genome Evolution Group, South China Botanical Garden (SCBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou (20%). In Leicester, with Trude Schwarzacher, he co-leads the research group investigating the genomics and evolution of the plants and animals with a focus on crops, and he is involved with research direction and review and teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the University and internationally. As well as publishing his research (ORCID 0000-0002-3105-2167), he is involved with media discussions and presentations, giving research advice and formulating policy, and regularly presents talks at research conferences. He is Chief Editor of Annals of Botany, and an accepting editor of Theoretical and Applied Genetics (TAG) and Plant Reproduction (formerly Sexual Plant Reproduction). He is a member of various UK and international grant and institutional review bodies, including in 2021 and 2014 the UK REF, Research Excellence Framework, which measured the quality of research at all UK Universities to provide the basis for distribution of research funding and in 2015 and 2018 Commissions evaluating Institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences CAS. Pat Heslop-Harrison was vice-President then President of The Society for Experimental Biology from 2007 to 2011, the major learned Society in this area. Pat is on the Board of the European Cytogeneticists Association (ECA, 2nd Vice-President from 2015), and was a member of the Management Committee of the Global Musa Genomics Consortium (GMGC, 1997-2015 when merged into Musanet). He was a visiting Professor at the South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in September 2016, holding a CAS President’s International Fellowship. He was an ‘Academic Icon’ of the University of Malaya, and is a member of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) MEP-Scientist pairing scheme of the European Parliament. Pat has supervised or co-supervised about 26 PhD students from around the world. Pat was previously a Project Leader at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, and Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge.


Pat Heslop-Harrison CV 2015
Pat Heslop-Harrison CV 2014
 Curriculum vitae for November 2014 linked here.

Pat PatHeslopHarrisonCVJune2013 with minor revisions.

Pat Heslop Harrison’s CV in 2012 is linked here.

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