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Professor Wendy Harwood

Last updated: 22 March 2023

Professor Wendy Harwood is Head of the Crop Transformation Group at the John Innes Centre, Norwich where she also manages the BRACT Crop Transformation / Genome Editing Platform. She gained a BSc in Biological Sciences from King’s College, University of London and a PhD in Plant Biotechnology from the John Innes Institute / University of East Anglia. Wendy’s expertise includes genetic modification (GM) technologies in a range of crop species and more recently, the development and application of genome editing technologies in crops. She has experience of field trials and regulatory issues concerning GM and genome edited plants.

Professor Harwood lectures at both the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge; is an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, holds an Honorary Readership at the University of East Anglia and a Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Professor Harwood served on the Food Standards Agency Advisory Committee on Animal Feeding stuffs (ACAF) from 2013 – 2019 and was seconded to the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) in 2019.

Register of interests

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Personal Interests

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Direct employment

John Innes Centre, Norwich

University of East Anglia- Honorary Reader and Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences

Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies

Family farming business- Partner

BBSRC BBR - Member/Co-Chair - 2017 to date.

Non-Personal interests

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Fellowships endowed by relevant organisations

Chinese Academy of Sciences- visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists

Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations

Funding from BBSRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research projects involving transformation and genome editing.

Members of my group have received a small grant from Bayer Crop Science as part of their Grants4Ag 2023 scheme.



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Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations

Advisory Committee on Animal Feeding Stuffs (ACAF)- Member (2013-2019)