Professor Alessandra Devoto

Research interests

We are interested in studying stress in plants and we use a variety of approaches to unravel how distress signals affect growth during defence and more widely stress caused by climate change in plants and the regulatory networks underlying the responses.

I am particularly interested in understanding how plant hormones like jasmonates mediate these responses.

In my laboratory, we have experimental and computational background and collaborate with computational scientists to understand how plants respond to changing environmental conditions, and how we can breed plants with enhanced tolerance to environmental stress without compromised growth.

We work on fundamental science and we have developed a number of important biotechnological applications for health and energy production.

Prof Prof Devoto is also Visiting Scientist at RIKEN, Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS),, Yokohama, Japan, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Biology and Biotechnology Charles Darwin (Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie Charles Darwin), University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy (

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Since 2007, the lab has counted 247 members, 34 between Postdoctoral Research Associates and Post-Graduate (PhD and MSc) students and 208 Under-Graduate students (updated September 2021).


Contact information

Prof Alessandra Devoto (Ph.D)

Professor (Chair) in Molecular Plant Biology, Gatsby Mentor (, Athena Swan Champion (

Plant Molecular Sciences, Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology

School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London

Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK.


Phone (office): +44(0)1784 443184

                 (lab): +44(0)1784 414328

Fax +44 (0)1784 414224


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