Professor Liam Dolan

Subject: Biology, Plant Sciences and Zoology

Department: Botany


Liam was Sherardian Professor of Botany at the University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow at Magdalen College from 2009 to 2020. Now he works at the Gregor Mendel Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Liam maintains strong links with Magdalen and contributes to the Pathways to Success Development and Leadership programme.

Liam and collaborators in his research group use genetics and palaeontology to discover how plants and their cells develop and evolve. They discovered:

His research to understand the evolution of development requires the invention of new technologies. These technologies can be applied to other challenges in biology, medicine and agriculture. He founded MoA Technology – – to apply these technologies to tackle the outbreak of existential levels of herbicide resistance among weeds that compromise food production and threaten the environment.

Liam is a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Crito Project for Prisoner Education, the New Phytologist Foundation and is a non-executive director at MoA Technology.

Selected Publications