Dr Philippa Borrill

Group Leader

Department of Crop Genetics
John Innes Centre
Norwich Research Park

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Philippa joined the John Innes Centre in September 2021.

Prior to this she was a Lecturer in Plant Biology at the University of Birmingham (2018-2021) and held a BBSRC Anniversary Future Leader Fellowship at the John Innes Centre studying wheat senescence and developing genomic resources for wheat (2015-2018).


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Birmingham (2021)
  • PhD in Plant Biology, John Innes Centre (2010-2014)
  • BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences (Plant and Microbial Sciences), University of Cambridge (2007-2010)


  • Society for Experimental Biology Plant President’s Medallist (2022)
  • New Phytologist Tansley Medal (2019)
  • Royal Society Research Grant (2019)
  • Rank Prize New Lecturer Award (2018)
  • Finalist at BBSRC Innovator of the Year (2018)
  • Rank Prize Early Career Presentation Prize (2018)
  • International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium Leadership Award (2017)
  • John Innes Foundation Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research (2014)
  • Monogram Early Career Excellence Award (2014)
  • John Innes Foundation Prize for Excellence in Science Communication (2012)
  • Scholarship at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (2008)

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the gene networks which control the process of senescence and nutrient remobilisation in wheat. I also study how wheat can regulate its polyploid genome, which has three highly similar copies of most genes.

I also develop resources for wheat functional genomics, including the www.wheat-expression.com atlas and the open access www.wheat-training.com website.