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Samuel Elton

Samuel Elton

Chief Research Laboratory Technician

The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge
University of Cambridge
Bateman Street
Cambridge CB2 1LR

Office Phone: +44(0)1223 761100


In June 2016, I joined both the O’Connor and Leyser groups. As part of the O’Connor group, my work contributes to determining the basic mechanisms of auxin mediated patterning and to what extent changes in auxin mediated patterning have had a role in morphological evolution. For this research I work closely with the model species Arabidopsis thaliana and Brachypodium distachyon as well as PIN proteins, the major auxin transporting proteins. As part of the Leyser group my work investigates the control of shoot branching by nitrate availability in Brachypodium distachyon.

Previous Work

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology at the University of Portsmouth

My final year project was on the effects of depth, temperature and substrate on bryozoan colony and zooid sizes, which was conducted at the White Sea Biological Station, Kartesh, Russia.

MSc Marine Biology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

My two research projects focused mainly on ecophysiological responses of polar microalgae to various environmental stressors. This included photosynthetic responses to extreme UV-B radiation exposure and as well as the production of the metabolite DMSP in response to osmotic and thermal shock treatments. During my degree, I was involved in additional polar micro-algae projects at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on the island of Texel, The Netherlands.