Professor Sarah O’Connor

Professor Sarah O’Connor works at the John Innes Centre’s Biological Chemistry department creating transgenic plants to produce medicines. Plants produce many valuable chemicals, such as those used in anticancer drugs. But we still don’t understand exactly how plants, such as the medicinal plant Madagascar periwinkle, make such powerful but complicated compounds. If we can find this out, it will be the first step towards making “new-to-nature” ones with even better qualities such as reduced side effects.