- Ph.D., Plant Genetics, University of Leeds, UK, 2013
- B.Sc., Human Biology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 2009
- BASIS Foundation in Agronomy Award, Harper Adams University, UK, 2016
As a member of the EU pesticide team within Exponent, Dr. Watson project manages regulatory dossiers for Plant Protection Products, produces overall summaries of supporting data and provides technical input to key dossier sections. Before joining Exponent, he completed his PhD in biotechnology, specifically plant epigenetics.
Dr. Watson has particular expertise in DNA, RNA and protein analysis technologies. He has used RNA interference (RNAi) to modulate gene expression in crops and genome sequencing to define new bacterial strains. Other collaborations with international seed development companies exploited chemical modifications associated with DNA to introduce variation in plants.