Bearsden scientist wins accolade


A FORMER Boclair Academy pupil has won a prestigious prize for her scientific research into potato disease.

Dr Eleanor Gilroy (32), originally from Bearsden, was awarded the Peter Massalski Prize jointly with her colleague Dr Lionel Dupuy for their work at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee.

She works in the cell and molecular sciences group and her research focuses on the Oomycete Phytophthora infestans, which causes late blight in potatoes and costs the industry millions of pounds each year.

Her group examines how the blight manipulates plants and exploits stresses on plants to enable infection.

Another particular interest of Dr Gilroy’s is science communication to the public and schoolchildren.

She has produced an interactive educational resource – ‘You Choose the News’ – which encourages discussion of the issues surrounding genetic modification.

Dr Gilroy said: “I am delighted to have been even nominated for this award, winning it is the icing on the cake.

“I would like to thank the people who took the time out of their hectic schedule to write the nomination.”

She and Dr Dupuy were presented with their prize – £550 each and a certificate – at the annual general meeting of the Scottish Society for Crop Research, who administer the award.