Chris Norman

Chris Norman

PhD Student

Research Degree Students

Molecular Plant and Microbial Biosciences Research Unit

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Chris is full-time PhD student in the School of Science and Environment at the University of Worcester. 

Chris’s main research interest is uses for modern genetic tools such as CRISPR, RNAi to the development of new biotechnology.  His PhD research concerns Alternaria Alternata infection of tomato, evaluating the potential exchange of small RNAs between the plant and fungi during infection, what roles these small RNAs perform and whether this includes cross kingdom gene silencing. The project is also evaluating potential novel targets for RNA induced gene silencing as a protection method for plants in agriculture.

Chris is a member of the British Society of Plant Pathology supervisors are Professor Mahmut Tor and Professor Yiguo Hong.


BSc Genetics, 2014, University of Leicester
MSc Chronic diseases and inflammation, 2015, University of Leicester


Small RNA inhibits infection by downy mildew pathogen Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis. Bilir Ö, Telli O, Norman C, Budak H, Hong Y, Tör M.

Department of Biology, School of Science and the Environment, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ, UK. 2 Montana BioAgriculture Inc., Missoula, Montana, USA. 3 Research Centre for Plant RNA Signaling, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, 310036, China.