Ashley Tuffin

Thesis title: Testing for the occurrence of adaptive haplotypes in a wild relative of wheat


Ashley is a first-year PhD student with Dr Roberta Bergero at SRUC and Dr Matthew Hartfield at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE).

Previously, they were a Nuclear Stock Assistant in the Potato Section of SASA, a Division of the Scottish Government's ARE Directive.

From 2019 to 2021, they were a Research Assistant in Molecular Biology with the Saunders Group at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.


BSc Genetics (Hons) with Sandwich Year, First Class, Edge Hill University

Research summary

Former Projects

  • Saunders Group
    • Point-of-care diagnostics of fungal crop pathogens – MARPLE diagnostics.
    • Detection of novel disease resistance genes in wheat.
  • Prof. P Ashton, Undergraduate thesis: "Tilia In The South Downs: Clonality, Genetic Diversity, and Edaphic Qualities"

Affiliated research centres

Conference details


  • John Innes Centre/The Sainsbury Laboratory Annual Science Meeting, Norwich Biosciences Institutes, October 2019
  • Chicago Plant Symposium, The Field Museum, April 2019
  • Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI) Annual Meeting Exhibition, Edge Hill University, October 2018


Poster Presentation

  • Biology-Geography Research Forum, Edge Hill University, September 2018

Scher CL, Karimi N, Glasenhardt MC, Tuffin AL, Cannon CH, Scharenbroch BC, Hipp AL. (2020). Application of remote sensing technology to estimate productivity and assess phylogenetic heritability. Applications in Plant Sciences, 8(11), e11401.