Joshua Williams

Plants and Programming

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About me

PhD candidate at the John Innes Centre investigating deep learning applications in crop research. 1st-Class Genetics BSc graduate at UCL. Research interests in regenerative and controlled environment agriculture.

John Innes Centre

PhD, 2022-2026. Working thesis title “Scoring plant cell death and disease lesion severity using automated deep learning tools.”

International Undergraduate Summer School, Jun-Aug 2021. “Modelling gene regulatory networks in Brassica oleracea.”

University College London

Genetics BSc, 2019-2022: 1st-Class (74%).

Summer Research Internship, May-Oct 2021. “Characterising MAGIC populations of wheat as haplotype mosaics of published wheat genomes.”

President of the UCL Genetics Society, Jun 2021-Jun 2022

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Undergraduate dissertation, Sep 2021-May 2022: (76%). “A phylogenetics pipeline to unlock Dioscorea properties.”

Recent Posts

  • Algal Photobioreactors

    Algal Photobioreactors

    Microorganismal algae, perhaps most recognisable blooming on a stagnant lake, offers a great alternative to fossil fuels. Furthermore, selecting for growth traits in these plants gives the potential for ultrahigh biomass productivity, supporting a transition to a cleaner, sustainable energy source. I will discuss the most important features of algae for biofuel production here, as well how we can manipulate their environment to push growth rates even further.

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  • Toxic Squash

    Toxic Squash

    In 2018, JAMA Dermatology published two cases of hair loss, amongst other symptoms, of individuals who reported eating bitter Cucurbits – members of the Cucurbitaceae family: squash, courgettes, pumpkins, and melons. These were reported as cases of Toxic Squash Syndrome, a type of poisoning resulting from ingestion of a toxin named Cucurbitacin E. Here, I will explain what is known about this syndrome, as well as briefly discuss known therapeutic uses of cucurbitacins.

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