Julian Hibberd

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Julian Hibberd
Born December 1969 (age 47)[1]
Alma mater University of Wales, Bangor (BSc, PhD)
Thesis Effects of elevated CO₂ on biotrophic pathogens: powdery mildew of barley (1994)
Doctoral advisor
  • John Farrar
  • Bob Whitbread
Other academic advisors Malcolm Press[5][6]
Notable awards BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship[3]

Julian Michael Hibberd (born December 1969)[1] is a Professor of Photosynthesis at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2][3]


Hibberd was educated at University of Wales, Bangor where he was awarded his first degree in 1991 followed by a PhD in 1994.[5][7][8] His PhD thesis investigated the effects of elevated carbon dioxide (CO₂) on powdery mildew in barley and was supervised by John Farrar and Bob Whitbread.[9]

Research and career[edit]

Following his PhD, Hibberd completed three years of postdoctoral research at the University of Sheffield with Paul Quick,[10] Malcolm Press[4] and Julie Scholes,[11] investigating interactions between parasitic plants and their hosts.[12][13] He moved to Cambridge to work with John C. Gray.[when?][5][14][15]

As of 2016 research in the Hibberd laboratory investigates the efficiency of the C₄ photosynthetic pathway, with the aim of contributing to improving crop productivity.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22] Hibberd's research has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation[23][24] the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)[25] and the FP7 program of the European Union.[5]

Hibberd is an Associate Editor of the scientific journal Plant Physiology.[26]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2008 Hibberd was named by the journal Nature as one of "Five crop researchers who could change the world" for his research that is attempting to replace C₃ carbon fixation in rice with C₄ carbon fixation. This would greatly increase the efficiency of photosynthesis and create a rice cultivar which could "have 50% more yield" which "would impact billions of people".

In 2000 Julian was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship to investigate the role of photosynthesis in C3 plants[3][12][27]


  1. ^ a b "Julian Michael HIBBERD: December 1969". London: Companies House. Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b Julian Hibberd's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  3. ^ a b c d "Julian Hibberd, Emmanuel College Cambridge". emma.cam.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. 
  4. ^ a b Bungard, R. A.; Ruban, A. V.; Hibberd, J. M.; Press, M. C.; Horton, P.; Scholes, J. D. (1999). "Unusual carotenoid composition and a new type of xanthophyll cycle in plants". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 96 (3): 1135–9. doi:10.1073/pnas.96.3.1135. PMC 15363Freely accessible. PMID 9927706.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ a b c d "Julian Hibberd biography". hibberdlab.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Dr Julian Hibberd, Department of Plant Sciences". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2013-10-06. 
  7. ^ Hibberd, Julian Michael (1994). Effects of elevated CO₂ on biotrophic pathogens: powdery mildew of barley (PhD thesis). University of Wales, Bangor. OCLC 33848839. 
  8. ^ Julian Hibberd's Entry at ORCID
  9. ^ Hibberd, J.M.; Whitbread, R.; Farrar, J.F. (1996). "Effect of elevated concentrations of CO₂ on infection of barley by Erysiphe graminis". Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology. 48 (1): 37–53. doi:10.1006/pmpp.1996.0004. 
  10. ^ "Professor W Paul Quick". Sheffield: shef.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2015-10-26. 
  11. ^ "Professor Julie Scholes". Sheffield: sheffield.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2016-04-04. 
  12. ^ a b "President's medallists: SEB Bulletin July 2005". Society for Experimental Biology. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. 
  13. ^ Julian Hibberd. Insights into the evolution of the C₄ pathway? on YouTube , The Journal of Experimental Botany
  14. ^ GRAY, Prof. John Clinton. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  15. ^ Knoblauch, M; Hibberd, J. M.; Gray, J. C.; Van Bel, A. J. (1999). "A galinstan expansion femtosyringe for microinjection of eukaryotic organelles and prokaryotes". Nature Biotechnology. 17 (9): 906–9. doi:10.1038/12902. PMID 10471935. 
  16. ^ "The Hibberd Lab at The Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. 
  17. ^ Dodd, A. N. (2005). "Plant Circadian Clocks Increase Photosynthesis, Growth, Survival, and Competitive Advantage". Science. 309 (5734): 630–633. doi:10.1126/science.1115581. PMID 16040710. 
  18. ^ Hibberd, J. M.; Quick, W. P. (2002). "Characteristics of C₄ photosynthesis in stems and petioles of C₃ flowering plants". Nature. 415 (6870): 451–454. doi:10.1038/415451a. 
  19. ^ Millen, R. S. (2001). "Many Parallel Losses of infA from Chloroplast DNA during Angiosperm Evolution with Multiple Independent Transfers to the Nucleus". The Plant Cell Online. 13 (3): 645–658. doi:10.1105/tpc.13.3.645. 
  20. ^ Hibberd, J. M.; Sheehy, J. E.; Langdale, J. A. (2008). "Using C₄ photosynthesis to increase the yield of rice—rationale and feasibility". Current Opinion in Plant Biology. 11 (2): 228–231. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2007.11.002. PMID 18203653. 
  21. ^ Wang, Peng; Fouracre, Jim; Kelly, Steven; Karki, Shanta; Gowik, Udo; Aubry, Sylvain; Shaw, Michael K.; Westhoff, Peter; Slamet-Loedin, Inez H.; Quick, W. Paul; Hibberd, Julian M.; Langdale, Jane A. (2012). "Evolution of GOLDEN2-LIKE gene function in C₃ and C₄ plants". Planta. 237 (2): 481–495. doi:10.1007/s00425-012-1754-3. PMC 3555242Freely accessible. PMID 22968911. 
  22. ^ Tolley, B. J.; Sage, T. L.; Langdale, J. A.; Hibberd, J. M. (2012). "Individual Maize Chromosomes in the C3 Plant Oat Can Increase Bundle Sheath Cell Size and Vein Density". Plant Physiology. 159 (4): 1418–1427. doi:10.1104/pp.112.200584. PMC 3425187Freely accessible. PMID 22675083. 
  23. ^ Marris, E. (2008). "Agronomy: Five crop researchers who could change the world". Nature. 456 (7222): 563–568. doi:10.1038/456563a. PMID 19052600. 
  24. ^ "Boosting rice yields generates optimism". southwestfarmpress.com. 2010-06-11. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  25. ^ "UK Government grants awarded to Julian Hibberd". Swindon: Research Councils UK. Archived from the original on 2016-03-21. 
  26. ^ "Plant Physiology Editorial Board". Rockville, Maryland: American Society of Plant Biologists. Archived from the original on 2015-04-22. 
  27. ^ "David Phillips fellows". Swindon: BBSRC. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05.