Lauren Hibbert

Miss Lauren Hibbert BSc, Msc


Postgraduate Research Student in School of Biological Sciences


Tel: +44 (0) 2380594291 or +1 530 752 0383

Base: University of California, Davis – University of Southampton (field season)


Lauren is a PhD student working to enhance phosphate use efficiency and improve flavour in watercress


Academic Qualifications

2014-2017 BSc Biology (First Class Honours) – University of Bristol

2017-2019 MSc (Res) Biological Sciences – University of Bristol


I discovered my passion for Plant Sciences during my undergraduate Biology degree at the University of Bristol. Following this, I expanded on my research experience at Bristol with a Master by Research on circadian rhythms in Arabidopsis and the rhizobacterium Bacillus subtilis. Throughout my studies, I completed several work placements including working as a technician in a plant biotechnology company and volunteering as a research assistant at Cardiff University and in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Now I am working towards my PhD on watercress within the Taylorlab. My project takes me both to UC Davis where I will be conducting most of my research and to the University of Southampton for the field season.


Research Interests

My research focuses on developing watercress varieties for reduced fertilizer application. In particular, I am using phenotyping and genotyping techniques to identify root traits associated with improved phosphate-use efficiency. This project focuses on sustainable agriculture: reducing fertilizer use is important for minimizing the environmental pollution associated with modern farming.

Working with my commercial partners Vitacress is also giving me the opportunity to conduct research in an industrially-relevant context and see the real world applications of my research, which I really enjoy.