University of Cambridge
47 Bateman Street
Cambridge CB2 1LR
I did both my BSc and MBiolSci in Molecular Biology at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. My interest in plant biology started to grow during my last year undergraduate project, when I worked on the creation of a GM-focussed roleplay activity to increase postgraduate students’ awareness of science policy issues. After working as a summer student in Dr Peter Monk’s lab in the Department of Infection and Immunity, I joined Dr Karim Sorefan’s lab for my master’s project. There, I worked on the effects of DNA secondary structure on plant development by characterising the G-quadruplex binding molecules berberine and NMM. After joining the Braybrook group in October 2015 as a BBSRC DTP rotation student, I moved to Prof Alex Webb’s lab at the Department of Plant Sciences in Cambridge for another rotation project on the Arabidopsis circadian clock. I came back to the SLCU at the end of June 2016 and now I work on early land plant development as a PhD student shared between the Braybrook and the Schornack teams.
My project is funded by the BBSRC and it focuses on the evolutionary role of the cell wall in plant development and biotic interactions. I study the model liverworts Marchantia polymorpha, Marchantia paleacea and Lunularia cruciata. In addition to the ever-growing number of molecular tools available in liverworts, the genome of M. polymorpha has just been released, so this promises to be a very exciting time for researching early land plants.