Laura Grenville-Briggs

Last changed: 19 February 2014 -

Resistance biology
H building

+46 40 41 52 47

Postal address
Dept. of Plant Protection Biology 
Box 102
SE-230 53 Alnarp

Visiting address                         Delivery address
Sundsvägen 14                           Växtskyddsvägen 1



BSc Applied Biology, University of Bath, UK. 1999.
PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology, University of Birmingham, UK. 2003.
Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning (PGCHE), University of Aberdeen, UK. 2011.
Docent (Associate Professor) in Microbial Glycoscience, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, 2012.

Academic experience

Marie-Curie Intra-European Research Fellow: Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. 2011-2013.
EU funded fellowship. Cell wall biology in oomycete pathogenicity.
(Top-ranking, highest scoring IEF awarded in life sciences 2010).

Post-Doctoral Research positions: University of Aberdeen, UK. 2003-2011.
5 years full time post-doctoral research experience plus 3 years parental leave.

Grade 7 Research fellow: 2008-2011.
Molecular and ecological investigations into the infection process of marine oomycetes on brown algae. (Co-investigator; funded by Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), UK).

Grade 6 Research fellow: 2003-2008.
Proteomic genetic analysis of development/disease in the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans. (Funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, (BBSRC) UK).


Late blight of potato and tomato, caused by the oomycete Phytophthora infestans, is a global threat to food security and hugely economically costly to the Swedish potato industry. Approximately half of all fungicides used in Swedish agriculture are directed at controlling potato late blight. New control measures are timely and necessary. My research aims to develop new and sustainable ways to control oomycete diseases, based on a platform of fundamental research.

Work in my group, which is part of the Resistance Biology Unit, is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and is currently focused around two projects:

  1. Investigating oomycete cell wall biology in P. infestans development and pathogenicity to discover new targets for disease control.
  2. Exploiting the biological activity, and effector repertoire, of the mycoparasitic oomycete Pythium oligandrum for disease control.