Professor Sarah Gurr
Chair in Food Security


Sarah Gurr was recently appointed to the Chair in Food Security, a post created by Exeter University in association with BBSRC and Rothamsted Research. This new position nests within the Food Security and Research Land Alliance between the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff and with Rothamsted.

Sarah Gurr was previously Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology at Oxford and formerly President of The British Society of Plant Pathology.

She sits on BBSRC Council.

Her interests are in crop diseases (notably of rice and wheat), with particular emphasis on fungal infestations and their global movement and control. She is interested in fungal biotechnology. She has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, including a contribution to the recent Foresight report on “Biological Hazards”.

Her role is to engage with and enhance the activities of the world-leading fungal group in Biosciences, to catalyse research across the campus and to promote awareness and use of the unique Farm Platform capability at Rothamsted/North Wyke.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Crop disease
  • Fungal biology
  • Pest and Pathogen movement
  • Fungal Biotechnology


BSc, ARCS, DIC, PhD, MA (Oxon)


Sarah spent 20 years as a PI at Oxford (Department of Plant Sciences, Fellow of Somerville College), as Lecturer, Reader and then Professor, there holding a Leverhulme Trust Royal Society Senior Research Fellowship and a NESTA Fellowship. Prior to Oxford, Sarah held a Royal Society URF at Leeds University.

Contact details

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AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
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