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Dr Tina Barsby


Dr Barsby was appointed Chief Executive and Director of NIAB in September 2008, becoming the first female Chief Executive in the Institute’s 90-year history. A plant geneticist, Dr Barsby has extensive experience in plant biotechnology and applied plant science, spanning both academic and commercial research in the agricultural crop sector, including 18 years with Groupe Limagrain.

She has extensive scientific experience in biotechnology and seed development, especially in wheat and oilseed rape, and has been involved in various cross-sector activities bringing together scientists and breeders.

Tina has a first degree in Agricultural Botany from the University of Wales at Bangor, and a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She spent a postdoctoral period at Kansas State University, and worked at Allelix Inc., Ontario, Canada for several years before returning to the UK in 1989.

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