Professor Mario Caccamo to lead research and commercial growth at NIAB EMR

Professor Mario Caccamo has been appointed managing director of NIAB EMR, formerly East Malling Research, the Kent horticultural and environmental research and development centre.


Caccamo joined NIAB in July 2015 as head of crop bioinformatics. He will continue in this role, leading NIAB's expanding bioinformatics and agri-data activities, in addition to his new position at NIAB EMR.

In this he will take over in April from David Neill, who will return to his former position as NIAB's chief operating officer at its Cambridge headquarters.

NIAB took over East Malling Research in February last year. Its chief executive officer Dr Tina Barsby said: "We now want to focus on our research and commercial growth strategy, realising the opportunities offered by the wider NIAB Group. Mario will play a key role in this evolution, bringing energy and scientific leadership to the role and driving forward our ambitious research strategy."

A computer scientist by training, Professor Caccamo has over 15 years' experience in life science research and big data, including in projects to apply the latest DNA sequencing technologies and bioinformatics methods to advance scientific understanding of crop genetics and the interaction of agricultural crops with their environment.

He said: "The research opportunities in the horticulture sector both nationally, focused on UK crops, and internationally, working with scientific organisations in the developing world, have never been greater.

"NIAB EMR's world-class scientists are already leading in the application of novel solutions for horticulture and I am very excited about the opportunity to lead this team to even greater achievements."

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