Professor Jo Putterill appointed director for Joint Graduate School in Plant & Food Science
11 May 2017
Professor Jo Putterill from the School of Biological Sciences has been appointed as Director of the Joint Graduate School in Plant & Food Science.
The Joint Graduate School is a partnership between the University of Auckland and Plant & Food Research and was established in 2010.
It seeks to use the combined staffing and research resources of both institutions to focus on becoming an international leader in postgraduate education in the disciplines of plant science and food science.
Professor Putterill has a long history of collaborating with scientists at Plant & Food Research. She is passionate about developing a pipeline to attract the brightest and best students to develop a career in plant and food science.
She gained her PhD from the University of Auckland in 1990 from the Department of Cellular & Molecular Biology and her research speciality is the investigation of how the timing of flowering is controlled in plants in response to environmental cues like temperature and day length. Flowering time is a trait that is important for plant yield and productivity and she is currently collaborating with PFR scientists to understand flowering control in kiwifruit and kiwiberry.
Head of the School of Biological Sciences, Professor Eileen McLaughlin, welcomed Professor Putterill to her new role and thanked outgoing Director Professor Andrew Allan for his excellent work during his time as Director.
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