Professor Sadanandom completed his PhD in 1999 at the John Innes Centre for Plant Science Research. Progressed rapidly through 2 postdoctoral positions at The Sainsbury Laboratory for Plant Pathology at Norwich and then took up a lectureship position at the University of Glasgow in 2003, and then on to become senior lecturer at Warwick University in 2009. He moved to Durham at 2011 where he is currently Professor of Plant Molecular Sciences.
His research group focus is on the topic of protein modification and how these modifications control how plants grow and interact with their environment. The current focus of Ari’s research is to understand how protein modifications influences how plants respond to pathogen attack. When plants are under pathogen attack, lots of processes are halted and the plant stops growth and development. This has a big impact on productivity. If we understood more about how regulatory mechanisms like protein modification influence this growth arrest, this would enable us to develop crops with better yield without compromising crop immunity.
As the academic lead of the N8 AgriFood programme in Durham, he oversee research projects into resilience and sustainability of food production. Since 2014 he has been the director of the Durham Centre for Crop improvement Technology (DCCIT). DCCIT is a cross-disciplinary research centre that has multiple links with agriculture industry to develop solutions that are more effective in field conditions.