Professor Alessandra Devoto

Research interests

I am interested in studying stress in plants and use a variety of approaches to unravel how distress signals affect growth during defence in plants and 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 have developed a number of important biotechnological applications for health and energy production.

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Since 2007, the lab has counted 207 members, 29 between Postdoctoral Research Associates and PG students and 171 UG students; currently deputy Head of SBS (updated October2018)


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


Research interests (continued)



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