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Dr Lori Fisher

Dr Lori Fisher

Industry Research Fellow in Agri-biotechnology

University of Kent


Dr Lorraine Fisher (Lori) has a background in abiotic stresses, with her PhD investigating drought responses in grasses. This included large-scale screening and phenotyping, RNA sequencing, and supplementary biochemical studies into the cell wall carried out at Aberystwyth University, and the international grass seed company DLF Trifolium’s headquarters. She has since spent the last seven years exploring postharvest crop responses and developing working relationships in the agricultural sector. Initially taking up an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the leafy vegetable processor, Southern Salads, and the University of Greenwich, she then expanded her research profile into the treatments and responses for a range of fruits and vegetables as Enterprise Development Fellow at the University’s Produce Quality Centre. In 2021, Lori joined the University of Kent School of Biosciences as Industry Research Fellow in Agri-biotechnology. Here she continues to engage with stakeholders across the food and drink sector to support them as they look to meet Courtauld commitments by delivering research to improve food quality before and after harvest and processing. Dr Fisher is a strong advocate for the implementation of sustainable circular farming and is the Sustainable Primary Production Champion for the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Food Network.

Area of expertise

  • Sustainable Packaging
    • Storage and shelf-life
  • Post-harvest technology
    • Storage and shelf-life
    • Quality management
  • Business support
    • New product innovation
  • Plant breeding and genetics
    • Stress resistance 
    • Crop quality
  • Crop protection and fertilisers
    • Soil and Health
  • Flavour and sensory analysis