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Jennifer Stephens

Staff picture: Jennifer Stephens
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Functional Genomics Facility Manager
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current Position

Manager of the Functional Genomics Facility.

Past research

  • 2011-current - Senior Research Scientist. Investigating genotype-dependency in barley transformation.
  • 2009-2011 - Research Scientist. Improving transformation efficiency in recalcitrant barley and potato cultivars.
  • 2008-2009 - Research Scientist. Investigating methods for improving transformation efficiency in barley using PCD inhibitors and caspase technology.
  • 2007-2008 – Research Scientist. Understanding and manipulating lignin biosynthesis in barley with a view to improving digestibility in plants for utilisation by papermaking, forage and biofuels industries (Claire Halpin lab, University of Dundee).
  • 2006-2007 – Research Scientist (Band D). Investigating a new method for gene knockdown (Christophe Lacomme lab, SCRI).
  • 2004-2005 – Research Assistant. Investigating the environmental risks associated with the cauliflower mosaic virus. High-throughput DNA, PCR and sequencing analysis in four model systems – Nicotiana benthamiana, N. tabacum, Brassica napus and Arabidopsis thaliana (Peter Palukaitus lab, SCRI).
  • 2001-2004 – PhD thesis, 'Investigating the role of Sinapyl Alcohol Dehydrogenase in lignin biosynthesis', University of Dundee, 2005.
  • 2000-2001 – Characterisation of transgenic tobacco plants with reduced lignin (Claire Halpin lab, University of Dundee).


  • Stephens, J.; Barakate, A. (2017) Gene editing technologies - ZFNs, TALENs, and CRISPR/Cas9., In: Thomas, B., Murray, B.G. & Murphy, D.J. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Volume 2. Academic Press, Waltham, MA, pp157-161.
  • Stephens, J.; Halpin, C. (2007) Lignin manipulation for fibre improvement., In: Ranalli, P. (ed.). Improvement of Crop Plants for Industrial End Uses. Springer, Chapter 5, pp129-153

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.