Molly Bergum

University of East Anglia Postgraduate Award, University of East Anglia - Agriculture

Molly is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science and a second major in Biology, Society, and Environment. Molly grew up in Northern Wisconsin and loves exploring the plants in the surrounding forests and wetlands. While working on an honours thesis performing research in the University of Minnesota Department of Plant Pathology and the United States Department of Agriculture Cereal Disease Laboratory, Molly became interested in studying plants that are agriculturally important due to their relevance at the interface of environmental and human health. With the Fulbright Award, she will be joining The Sainsbury Laboratory as a PhD student at the University of East Anglia to research durable disease resistance in barley, which will enable Molly to contribute to the global effort of developing resistant crops for improved food security and climate change resilience. Molly is excited to learn from experts in the field at The Sainsbury Laboratory and become immersed in life in Norwich, UK. In her free time, she looks forward to exploring the historical city, learning about local food production, and engaging in science outreach in the community.