Her group focuses on the development of improved genetic modification technology for cereals and Brassica species, gene-editing in crops, the safety assessment of GM crops and the development of crops with improved drought tolerance. She has experience of running GM field trials and her group is responsible for the Biotechnology Resources for Arable Crop Transformation (BRACT) platform that provides transformation resources to research groups world-wide.
Professor Harwood is an honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia, contributing to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. She is active in public engagement activities including contributions for television, radio as well as demonstrations, presentations and lectures for a range of interest groups including schools and farmers’ organisations. Professor Harwood is an active member of a European Farmer Scientist Network, and sits on John Innes Centre Committees including the Biological Safety Committee.