Christine Raines graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) Agricultural Botany, First Class from Glasgow University in 1982. Following which she was awarded a Glasgow University Scholarship and studied for a Ph.D. in Photosynthetic electron transport graduating in1986. Christine’s post doctoral research started in late 1985 at the Institute of Plant Science Research, Cambridge where she initiated a project cloning nuclear genes encoding enzymes of the C3 cycle. In 1988 Christine was appointed to a faculty position at the University of Essex being promoted to Professor in 2004. Christine is currently Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Essex.
Christine also holds a number of external roles; Editor in Chief, Journal of Experimental Botany (2011- ), Chair of Plant Section, Society of Experimental Biology (2009- ), Co-Opted Member of UK Plant Federation Executive (2012- ). Past roles include Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Botany (2006- 2011) and I have sat on SEB Plant Section Committee (2002- 2009), BBSRC Biofuels Committee (2007/8), EPSRC Bioenergy Committee (2008), Nuffield Bioethics Committee on Biofuels (2009-2011).
Christine’s research interests are in the area of plant molecular physiology including the isolation and characterisation of photosynthetic genes, analysis of gene expression and production and analysis of transgenic plants. Studies of limitations to photosynthetic carbon assimilation in transgenic plants have identified a target in the Calvin cycle for increasing plant yield. Current research are focused on improving photosynthesis by re-engineering photosynthetic carbon metabolism and electron transport.