Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985 – 1987
    Research Associate, John Innes Institute, UK

  • 1987 – 1999
    Research Fellow, Sainsbury Laboratory1

  • 1999 – 2005
    Group Leader, Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, UK

  • Since 2005
    Group Leader, Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre

  • 2006 – 2008
    Head, Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre

  • Since 2006
    Founder and Director, the SAW Trust –

  • Since 2006
    Honorary Professor, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, UK

  • 2008 – 2013
    Institute Strategic Programme Leader, John Innes Centre

  • 2008 – 2013
    Associate Research Director, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, UK

  • Since 2013
    Director, Norwich Research Park Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Alliance

Selected publications

  • Kemen AC, Honkanen S, Melton R, Findlay K, Mugford ST, Hayashi K, Haralampidis K, Rosser S, Osbourn A. (2014) Investigation of triterpene synthesis and regulation in oats reveals a role for beta-amyrin in determining root epidermal cell patterning. PNAS, 111:8679.

  • Thimmappa R, Geisler K, Louveau T, O'Maille P, Osbourn A. (2014) Triterpene biosynthesis in plants. Ann Rev Plant Biol 65:225-57.

  • Nützmann H-W and Osbourn A. (2014) Gene clustering in plant specialised metabolism. Curr Opin Biotechnol 26:91.

  • Geisler K, Hughes RK, Sainsbury F, Lomonossoff GP, Rejzek M, Fairhurst S, Olsen CE, Motawia MS, Melton R, Hemmings A, Bak S, Osbourn A. (2013) Biochemical analysis of a multi-functional cytochrome P450 (CYP51) enzyme required for synthesis of antimicrobial triterpenes in plants. PNAS, 110:E3360-7.

  • Mugford ST, Louveau T, Melton R, Qi X, Bakht S, Hill L, Honkanen S, Rosser S, Lomonossoff GP and Osbourn A. (2013) Modularity of plant metabolic gene clusters: A trio of linked genes that are collectively required for acylation of triterpenes in oat. Plant Cell 25:3632.

  • Owatworakit A, Townsend B, Louveau T, Jenner J, Rejzek M, Hughes RK, Saalbach G, Qi X, Bakht S, Deb Roy A, Mugford ST, Goss RJM, Field RA and Osbourn A. (2013) Glycosyltransferases from oat (Avena) implicated in the acylation of avenacins. J Biol Chem 288: 3696-3704.

  • Field B, Fiston-Lavier A-S, Kemen A, Geisler K, Quesneville H, Osbourn A (2011) Formation of plant metabolic gene clusters within dynamic chromosomal regions. PNAS 108: 16116-16121.

  • Field B and Osbourn A. (2008) Metabolic diversification – Independent assembly of operon-like gene clusters in different plants. Science 320: 543-547.

  • Sesma A and Osbourn AE. (2004) The rice leaf blast pathogen undergoes developmental processes typical of root-infecting fungi. Nature, 431: 582-586.

  • Bouarab K, Melton R, Peart J, Baulcombe D and Osbourn A. (2002). A saponin-detoxifying enzyme mediates suppression of plant defences. Nature 418: 889-892.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editorial Board, Molecular Plant

  • Editorial Board, New Phytologist

  • Trustee, New Phytologist

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Appointments Panel

  • BBSRC Strategic Human Resources Advisory Group

  • Organising committee, TERPNET, Vancouver, Canada, 2016

  • Organising committee, Royal Society of Chemistry meeting 'Directing biosynthesis IV',UK, 2015

Additional qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Organisational Development, University of Sussex (2014)

  • Graduate Certificate in Continuing Professional Development (Postgraduate Poetry), University of East Anglia (2010)


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