John Allan Downie#


John Allan Downie
Email:allan.downie 'at' jic.ac.uk
Membership Number:4299
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Section:BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Username:jdownie
Elected:2016
Homepage: http://www.jic.ac.uk/directory/allan-downie



Present and Previous Positions
  • 2015 - present Emeritus Fellow, Department of Molecular Microbiology John Innes Centre
  • 2001 - 2015 Department of Molecular Microbiology, John Innes Centre, Norwich (2005 Individual Merit Promotion)
  • 2007 - 2012 Chair of Faculty, and Member of Management Board John Innes Centre
  • 1988 - 2001 Department of Genetics, John Innes Centre, Norwich (1988 Principal Scientific Officer; 1990 Individual Merit)
  • 1986 - 1988 Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia (Principal Scientist)
  • 1981 - 1986 Department of Genetics, John Innes Institute, Norwich (1981 Senior Scientific Officer; 1984 Principal Scientific Officer)
  • 1976 - 1981 Department of Biochemistry, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra
  • 1974 - 1976 Department of Radiation Biology and Biophysics, University of Rochester, New York (Postdoctoral fellow, UK funded)
  • 1971 - 1974 Department of Biochemistry, University of Dundee, UK (Ph.D student)
  • 1967 - 1971 Department of Microbiology, University of Strathclyde, UK (Undergraduate student, B.Sc. First Class Honours)

Fields of Scholarship
  • Rhizobium genetics and biochemistry
  • Quorum-sensing regulation
  • Rhizobial biofilms
  • Legume molecular genetics
  • Symbiotic nitrogen fixation
  • Calcium-mediated signaling in legume nodulation

Honours and Awards
  • 1986 New Zealand Microbiology Society; Overseas Prize Lecturer
  • 1990 Individual Merit award BBSRC
  • 1992 D.Sc. awarded by University of Dundee:
  • 1995 Stapleton Lecture: Institute of Grasslands and Environmental Research, Aberystwyth
  • 1998 Honorary Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 2005 Individual Merit award (Band 2) BBSRC
  • 2007 Russell Lecture: Rothamsted Research, Harpenden

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