George Littlejohn

Academic profile

Dr George Littlejohn

Associate Professor of Plant and Fungal Biology
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. George's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 02: SDG 2 - Zero HungerGoal 04: SDG 4 - Quality EducationGoal 15: SDG 15 - Life on Land

About George

2021 – present Associate Professor of Plant and Fungal Biology, School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth

2016 – 2021 Lecturer in Applied Biology and Programme Lead, Biosciences, School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth


I enjoy teaching and have a particular interest in research-led teaching. I currently teach on the following modules:

  • BIO014 Biology 1: Lectures on food security and green revolution
  • BIO013 Biology 2: Lectures and practicals on photosynthesis, plant physiology and development
  • BIOL119 Introduction to biology: Microscopy practicals
  • BIOL129Z Professional Development in Biological Sciences 1: Careers sessions and tutorials
  • BIOL132Z Ecology and Diversity of Life: Lectures on diversity of plants, algae, fungi
  • BIOL133Z Principles of Physiology: Lectures on plant signalling, plant hormones, flowering, plant-microbe interactions. Auxin practical.
  • BIOL225Z Professional Development in Biological Sciences 2: Careers sessions and tutorials
  • BIOL235Z Plant Ecophysiology: Lectures on plant-pathogen interactions, problem solving workshops
  • BIOL220Z Molecular Biology: Lectures on molecular biology, gene editing.
  • BIOL301(Z) Plant Biotechnology (Module Lead): Lectures on plant biotechnology, synthetic biology. Workshops on socioeconomic and ethical aspects, gene mining and GM/GE strategy.
  • BIOL317Z Advanced Skills and Concepts: Practicals, lectures and workshops on microscopy and image analysis
  • BIOL321(Z) Pharmacology and Natural Products: Lectures on fungal natural products.
  • BIOL314 / BIOL315Z Final Year Project (Module Lead): Final year project supervision and module organisation.
I am also Programme Lead for the Bioscience top-up degree and Employability Lead for the Biological Sciences Subject Group.

Contact George

A404, Portland Square, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
+44 1752 584487