William Kay



College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences

I am currently working as a post doctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Sarah Gurr. I work mainly on the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici, paying specific attention to environmental spore survival and the potential for novel methods of control.

In 2017 I completed a Rothamsted funded PhD at the University of Exeter titled 'Novel insights into the asexual life-cycle of the wheat-leaf pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici'.

In 2013 I was a awarded a Dean’s commendation for my MSc in 'Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture', also from the University of Exeter (2013). During this course I completed a project surrounding the plant growth promoting abilities of the soil borne fungal genus Trichoderma

I have also been awarded a BSc First Class in Biology from the University of Bath (2012) as well as a BSPP (The British Society for Plant Pathology) funded summer internship in 2012.

Out of the lab I am also the BSPP web manager. In my free time I like to cook and, when the weather is better, go camping...