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Post-doc position open: the innovation of branching in plants

Posted by on August 24th, 2018

Very excited to invite applications from post-doctoral researchers to join my lab to work on a Leverhulme Trust- funded project to look at the mechanisms regulating branching in Selaginella kraussiana. I would like to use a candidate gene approach, looking at Selaginella PIN and TCP function. I have written a bit about the project here,[…]

Testing Zimmermann’s Telome Theory

Posted by on August 1st, 2018

A perspective on our recent paper ‘CLAVATA was a genetic novelty for the morphological innovation of 3D growth in land plants’1.   In the 1950’s, the German botanist Walter Zimmermann (photo here) hypothesized a series of developmental transitions enabling plant forms to radiate during evolution2. Zimmermann’s so-called Telome Theory has received much attention from those[…]

SWBioDTP BBSRC PhD studentship open to work on Marchantia plant shape determination.

Posted by on October 17th, 2017

Supervisors: Dr Jill Harrison and Dr Martin Homer. Plant shapes range from tiny string or mat-like forms to massive multilayered upright forms with complex organ systems such as shoots, roots and leaves. Despite these wide differences in shape, many plant gene families are very ancient, predating shape diversification. We can therefore study mechanisms for shape[…]

Sainsbury funded PhD studentship available: The evolution of plant body plans

Posted by on December 17th, 2015

The conquest of land by plants over 450 million years ago was one of the most significant events in our planet’s history, and was underpinned by a series of key innovations in plant architecture during evolution (1). Our group aims to identify the developmental and genetic basis of two such innovations, three dimensional shoot growth[…]