WHO WE ARE

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Our Council is made up of 12 members: president, vice-president, treasurer, publications officer, elected member, 3 independent members and our 4 section chairs (Animal, Plant, Cell and SEB+).

Find out more about them below.

Patrick Hussey (2)

Prof. PATRICK J. HUSSEY

President

Patrick holds the Chair of Plant Molecular Cell Biology in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham.

His main research interest is in the structure, function and regulation of the plant cytoskeleton and its potential role in biotechnology and he has been working in this field for the last 30 years.A large focus of his laboratory is plant cell imaging and he recently established the Durham Centre for Bioimaging Technology which is a multidisciplinary centre that includes Computer Scientists, Physicists, Mathematicians, Chemists as well as Biologists with the aim of enhancing research within this field.  He has published over a hundred research articles many of which are in high impact journals e.g. Nature journals, Current Biology, PNAS, Plant Cell, Journal of Cell Science, Plant Journal.  He has received funding for, and supervised, over 40 postdocs, PhD and MSc students since obtaining his lectureship in 1990.

Patrick has been a member of SEB since 1983. In 2001 he became a Group Convenor for the Cell Section and then Head of the Cell Section in 2009.  He was then elected as Vice-President of the Society in 2013, and is now the Society's President for the 2015-2017 period.

More about Patrick

Contact Patrick on p.j.hussey@durham.ac.uk

Christine Raines

Christine Raines

Vice-President

Christine is currently Professor of Plant Molecular Physiology in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex.  She studied for her PhD in the Department of Botany, University of Glasgow investigating photosynthetic electron transport function. This was followed by 3 years at what was the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambrdige where she started to explore the use of molecular techniques to manipulate photosynthesis. Since that time Christine’s main area of research is the photosynthetic carbon reduction cycle which is the primary pathway of carbon fixation in plants. This important pathway continues to be a priority area for study with the aim, of identifying targets for manipulation, to improve crop yields. During the past 15 years she has worked on a number of aspects of this cycle.
Christine is particularly interested in the integration of this primary carbon fixation pathway and wider plant metabolism.

Christine can be contacted by emailing rainc@essex.ac.uk

Martin Watson

Martin Watson

Treasurer

Dr. Martin Watson has recently retired from his post as Senior Lecturer in Genetics at Durham University where he taught for 34 years. His research interests centred on the use of the yeast Sacchormyces cvervesisae as a model organism, particularly with regard to how proteins are targeted for delivery to different compartments within a cell. He pioneered the use of DNA sequencing at Durham, and it is through his interest in yeast that he became involved in the EU financed project to sequence the entirety of the yeast genome. From this he became involved in sequencing the Arabidopsis genome and the functional analysis of the yeast genome.

He has been an ardent supporter of the SEB and a Council member for over twenty years. He was previously Hon. Cell Section Secretary and then from 2001 Hon. Treasurer.



Martin Parry

Martin Parry

Publications Officer

Martin Parry is the Professor of Plant Science for Food Security at Lancaster University. His aim is to understand how yield and quality are determined by gene composition and sequences in different environments (e.g. drought and temperature stress). This will enable him to manipulate the appropriate molecular and biochemical controls to increase crop performance in a predictable way for current and future environments. With his group, he has identified and quantified heritable genetic variation that can be exploited in crop breeding and using disruptive biotechnological approaches, has explored ways to increase photosynthesis and yield.

Martin is currently involved in a number of international projects, such as Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency and the International Wheat Yield Partnership. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Food and Energy Security, Associate Editor for the Plant Biotechnology Journal and Co-Editor for the Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. In 2014, in recognition of his contributions to the practice, growth and development of applied biology, Martin was made an Honorary Member of the Association of Applied Biologists. In 2014 he was also awarded the China National Friendship Award by Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing.

You can contact Martin via email at m.parry@lancaster.ac.uk

Gudrun DeBoeck

Gudrun de Boeck

Elected Member

After studying biology at the Hasselt University and the Catholic University of Leuven, Gudrun started her professional career at the Ecophysiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology research group at the University of Antwerp as a PhD student in December 1991. She finished her PhD entitled ‘Physiological effects of sublethal copper exposure on the energy metabolism of the common carp, Cyprinus carpio’ in June 1996. Gudrun then rejoined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow after an intensive but fun postdoc at the lab of Professor Chris Wood, Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada with whom she still collaborates frequently. At present, Gudrun's career has led her to the position of senior lecturer at the Ecophysiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology research group.

Gudrun’s research focuses on effects of environmental factors (for example, hypoxia, temperature, salinity, food availability and heavy metals) on the performance of fish. She believes comparative physiology is important and is fascinated to see how different fish species respond to environmental changes in different ways. The aim of the research is to unravel the physiological mechanisms that bring about these differences.

Even with her busy schedule Gudrun always has time to play with her daughter Sam and son Robbe, travel with her Ducati ST4s or play basketball with the babes from BBC Haacht.

Read more about Gudrun

You can contract Gudrun on gudrun.deboeck@uantwerpen.be.

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GREIG D'CRUZ

Independent Member

An Australian who now calls London home, Greig is the current Head of Compliance Monitoring (Europe) at Royal Bank of Canada and is also a Board Trustee at Futureversity where he chairs the Risk and Finance Committee.

A Certified Internal Auditor, with post-graduate qualifications in Engineering and Commerce he has over 15 years of experience in risk management having spent time living and working in Melbourne, London, New York and Johannesburg.

Greig is passionate about financial literacy, the promotion of science and mathematics as rewarding career opportunities for young people and the strengthening links between academia and the corporate sector.

Eamond Ray

Eamond Ray

Independent Member

Eamon currently works for the University Superannuation Scheme. He has previously worked for General Electric and Deloitte. In his spare time he also acts as a trustee for two local charities, Craft Central and Hill Homes.
He holds a BSc in Economics from Nottingham University, is an ACA qualified accountant and a CFA charter-holder.
Eamon is also the Chair of the Audit Committee of the SEB.

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Sue Broom

Independent Member

Sue Broom is an experienced agricultural and scientific journalist and broadcaster. Following a degree in agriculture and an MSc in genetics, she joined the BBC after working on animal breeding projects in Mexico and China. Starting with producing and presenting Farming Today on Radio 4, she went on to spend over 20 years making a wide range of programmes in the Science Unit including Science Now, Leading Edge, Big Bang, Frontiers, Science in Action and many ad hoc short series and ‘one-offs’ for Radio 4 and the World Service. She has also written articles for magazines and national newspapers including Country Life and The Times and spent time in the BBC Radio Drama department, devising and producing science-based plays.

Her main interest is in any aspect of genetics in health or food production. The relevance, ethical dilemmas and wonder of the science itself are an unbeatable journalistic combination.

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