Speaker S4: Inter-sectoral mobility – MSCA as a tool for launching and fostering collaborations
David B. Collinge was educated in genetics at the Universities of Liverpool (BSc (hons) 1979) and Newcastle Upon Tyne (PhD, 1982). He was appointed Associate Professor in Molecular Plant Pathology in 1988 and Professor of Plant Pathology in 2002.
David’s main research interest through his career has concerned the mechanisms of defences against pathogens in plants and his research group has worked with several biological systems, mainly involving fungal pathogens. The major new area concerns endophytic fungal interactions, which stand to uncover defining principles in crop protection and plant tolerances across a wide range of biotic and abiotic stresses. Our research further looks to investigate how fungi and plants interact and manipulate each other resulting in different lifestyles ranging from biotrophic, hemibiotrophic and necrotrophic pathogenic interactions through commensal endophytic and rhizospheric interactions. This research effort has been published in roughly 100 refereed international publications to date giving an H-index of 39. He is also active in the public debate drawing attention to the importance of plant diseases and plant biotechnology.
David B. Collinge has coordinated or participated in several EU-funded projects since his first EU-funded postdoctoral position and is currently leader of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ETN BestPass (http://bestpass.ku.dk/ grant agreement No 676480) and beneficary in CerealPath (https://cerealpath.eu/ grant agreement No 674964). He chairs the departmental PhD board (supporting 160 PhD students) and has been a member of the faculty board since 2002. He is a member of the editorial board of the international scientific journals “European Journal of Plant Pathology” and “Plant Pathology”and serves regularly for Scientific Boards for various research councils. Danish national advisory council for Plants and Plant Health (Udvalget for planter og plantesundhed).