Anna Lazar

University of Warwick


Unravelling the global microbiome of crop plants to improve sustainability and food security


  • Prof. Gary Bending
  • Dr Ryan Mushinski
  • Prof. Christopher Quince

PhD Summary

Better understand potential beneficial endophytic fungal groups, investigate their roles in the plants’ life. My focus is the diverse fungal group Helotiales.

Previous activity

I did my undergraduate and master’s degree at Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary where I have studied for 6 years. I have a BSc in Biology and MSc in Plant Biology. During my master’s research I investigated the endophytic fungal community of grapevine plants in historical Hungarian vineyards.

Why did you choose doctoral research?

I would like to conduct my own research one day and establish my own lab. For this goal a doctoral degree is wonderful.

Why did you choose CENTA?

CENTA offers a great balance between training and research in my opinion. It also has great general aims that are really important to me, like sustainability.

Future plans

I would like to stay in academic research. Training provided by CENTA and the University of Warwick will help me gain invaluable skills. The ability to learn how to work in this field during a PhD is very important in academia. The program also enables people to meet, network and also share their research ideas.