Robert Ingle graduated from the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, in 2004 with a Ph.D. degree in plant science entitled “Towards an understanding of the molecular basis of nickel hyperaccumulation” and moved to South Africa to undertake a Claude Leon postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. He was appointed as a Lecturer at the department in 2006 and is currently a Senior Lecturer. Ingle is interested in the interactions between plants and their environment and work with both model and nonmodel plant systems. In the course of his research he has used a range of genetic and biochemical techniques to investigate the molecular basis of plant responses to both abiotic and biotic stresses. While he has focused on the Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas syringae and Arabidopsis-Botrytis cinerea interactions as models system for plant-pathogen interactions, his work on abiotic stress has been carried out in nonmodel plants that display extreme tolerance to heavy metal (hyperaccumulators) or desiccation (resurrection plants). His work in this area currently focuses on species endemic to Southern Africa.
Biography Updated on 27 August 2012