Professor Nick Talbot, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer)

Professor Nick Talbot FRS, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer)

Professor Nicholas J Talbot FRS BSc PhD (UEA)

Nick Talbot graduated in Microbiology from the University of Wales, Swansea and received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of East Anglia. After a period of postdoctoral research at Purdue University in the USA he moved to the University of Exeter, becoming Professor of Molecular Genetics in 1999, Head of the School of Biosciences in 2005, and Deputy Vice Chancellor in 2010.

Nick is DVC for Research and Knowledge Transfer, chairs the University Ethics Committee, the Research and Knowledge Transfer Strategy Executive Board and line manages the Colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

Nick’s research is focused on investigating the biology of plant diseases and, in particular, determining how fungi cause some of the most significant crop diseases. He utilizes a range of cell biology, genetics and genomics approaches in his research on rice blast disease, which has been supported by the BBSRC continuously since 1994. He has also received funding from the EU, the Wellcome Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, DEFRA, and the agricultural, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He has received research fellowships from EMBO and the Nuffield Foundation. He won the Berkeley Award from the British Mycological Society in 1999, the Society for Experimental Biology President’s Medal for outstanding original research in cell biology in 2000 and was the Karling Award Lecturer of the Mycological Society of America in 2008. Professor Talbot has authored more than 100 scientific papers and reviews. Further details of Professor Talbot’s research are available.

Professor Talbot was a member of the BBSRC Plant and Microbial Sciences Research Committee (2003-08), the BBSRC Bioinformatics and Biological Resources Committee (2007-08) and the EU ERA-NET Plant Genomics Panel (2008); he also served on the BBSRC Review of Crop Sciences and Review of Microbial Sciences. He served as a special advisor to two units of assessment in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. Nick is Chair of the Board of Directors of BBSRC Rothamsted Research and is a member of the Council of the Sainsbury Laboratory. He has served as an editor of The Plant Cell, The New Phytologist and is an editorial board member of Molecular Microbiology.
Professor Talbot was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society in 2014 for his discoveries contributing to our knowledge of how fungi causes disease in plants.

Find out more on Nick Talbot's Research Group website.

Contact: Rhiannon Tucker (Executive PA)